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:
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 by sex
Prison population by age
At 30 Jun 2023 (source).
Prison population by offence
At 30 Jun 2023 (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
Escapes from contractor escorts
Temporary release failures
Prisons achieve rating 3 or 4 in security audit
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
Assaults on staff per 1,000 prisoners
Self-harm incidents per 1,000 prisoners
Self inflicted deaths
Barricade or prevention of access incidents
Concerted indiscipline incidents
Incidents at height
Prisons achieve rating 3 or 4 in risk management audit
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)
Positive random mandatory drug tests for new psychoactive substances
Prisoners completing treatment free from dependence
Average prisoners working in prisons
Prisoner hours worked in industry (millions)
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 target for accommodation on the first night following release
Prisons achieve target for employment at six weeks following release
Stock and flow statistics relating to offenders who are in prison.
Prison population - IPP
Prison population - life sentence
Prison population - remand
Prison first receptions (quarterly)
Prison releases (quarterly)
Individuals released on temporary licence
Prison operational capacity
Additional information on the safe, decent and secure running of the prison service.
Prisons with a performance rating of "acceptable"
Prisoners held in crowded accommodation
Releases in error
Prison staff in post
Average working days lost to sickness