Prisons data

The government is reforming the way prisons work in order to improve how they protect the public, keep staff and prisoners safe, and turn from crime. To do this we are holding prison governors to account for improvements in the following areas:


Prisons overview

Prison type - public / private

At August 2022

Prison type - male / female

At August 2022. IRC = public sector immigration removal centre.

Public prison staff

At 30 Jun 2022 (source). FTE = full time equivalent.


Prison population

Prison population by sex

Prison population by age

At 30 Sep 2022 (source).


Prison population by offence

At 30 Sep 2022 (source).


To protect the public, prisons must hold prisoners securely. This not only prevents further offences being committed, but is an important foundation for the wider work of prisons in reforming offenders.

Escapes from prison establishments and HMPPS escort

1

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Escapes from contractor escorts

11

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Absconds

95

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Temporary release failures

529

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Prisons achieve rating 3 or 4 in security audit

85.8%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.


Prisons need to be and feel safe for both staff and prisoners. Violent incidents are the most obvious issue, but this is also about wider culture and atmosphere of the prison and the support it provides to vulnerable prisoners.

Prisoner on prisoner assaults per 1,000 prisoners

163

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Assaults on staff per 1,000 prisoners

97

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Prisons achieve rating 3 or 4 in MQPL safety audit

80.5%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Prisons achieve rating 3 or 4 in HMIP safety inspection

52.9%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Prisons achieve rating 3 or 4 in IRS data quality

79.5%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Prisons achieve target in IRS assaults check

94.0%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Prisons achieve target in IRS self-harm check

86.6%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Self-harm incidents per 1,000 prisoners

684

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Self inflicted deaths

75

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Barricade or prevention of access incidents

1,273

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Hostage incidents

39

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Concerted indiscipline incidents

138

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Incidents at height

4,157

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Prisons achieve rating 3 or 4 in risk management audit

53.2%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Safety audit

64.7%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.


To reform offenders, we need to be sure they are being given the right services and opportunities across the different areas we know support rehabilitation and help prevent a return to crime.

These include improving prisoners’ mental health and tackling substance misuse, improving prisoners' progress in English and maths and increasing the numbers of offenders in employment and accommodation after release.

Positive random mandatory drug tests (traditional)

10.5 %

Value for 2019-20. View time series.

Positive random mandatory drug tests for new psychoactive substances

4.3 %

Value for 2019-20. View time series.

Prisoners completing treatment free from dependence

32.5%

Value for 2020-21. View time series.

Average prisoners working in prisons

12,500

Value for 2019-20. View time series.

Prisoner hours worked in industry (millions)

17.4

Value for 2019-20. View time series.

Prisons achieve rating 3 or 4 in HMIP respect inspection

72.7%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Prisons achieve rating 3 or 4 in HMIP purposeful activity inspection

43.0%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Prisons achieve rating 3 or 4 in MQPL decency audit

79.7%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.


Prisons need to support offenders to prepare for their release, working together with probation and with other services that support the transition through the gate.

Prisons achieve rating 3 or 4 in HMIP Rehabilitation and Release Planning

16.5%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Prisons achieve target for accommodation on the first night following release

17.3%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Prisons achieve target for employment at six weeks following release

4.0%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.


Stock and flow statistics relating to offenders who are in prison.

Prison population

80,659

Value for 30-Sep-2022. View time series.

Prison population - IPP

1,492

Value for 30-Jun-2022. View time series.

Prison population - life sentence

7,084

Value for 30-Jun-2022. View time series.

Prison population - remand

13,409

Value for 30-Jun-2022. View time series.

Prison first receptions (quarterly)

15,994

Value for Apr-Jun 2022. View time series.

Prison releases (quarterly)

11,478

Value for Apr-Jun 2022. View time series.

Individuals released on temporary licence

4,127

Value for Apr-Jun 2022. View time series.

Prison operational capacity

82,759

Value for Jun 2022. View time series.


Additional information on the safe, decent and secure running of the prison service.

Prisons with a performance rating of "acceptable"

87.7%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Prisoners held in crowded accommodation

20.6 %

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Releases in error

54

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Prison staff in post

22,001

Value for March 2022. View time series.

Average working days lost to sickness

15.8 days

Value for 2021-22. View time series.

Percentage of prisons meeting staff resignation target

67.6%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Prison achieve target in foreign national prisoners timely referrals

62.9%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Prisons achieve rating 3 or 4 in living conditions audit

83.0%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.

Prisons with no statistically significant difference in MQPL - ethnic minorities (excluding white minorities)

53.8%

Value for 2021-22. View breakdown.