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 help offenders turn away from crime. To do this we are holding prison governors to account for improvements in the following areas:


Prisons overview

Prison ownership

At May 2018 (source).

Prison type

At May 2018 (source). IRC = public sector immigration removal centre.

Public prison staff

At 31 Mar 2018 (source). FTE = full time equivalent.


Prison population

Prison population by gender

Gender breakdowns are not available for youth or IRCs. IRC = public sector immigration removal centre.

Prison population by age band

At 31 Mar 2018 (source).


Sentenced offence type

Percentage of sentenced prison population by offence type.

Violence against the person

26%

Sexual
offences

19%

Drug
offences

15%

Theft
offences

13%

Other
offences

27%

At 31 Mar 2018 (source). Percentages are rounded so may not sum to 100%.


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

7

Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

Absconds

86

Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

Temporary release failures

267

Apr 2016 to Mar 2017


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.


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.


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.


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

Prison population

85,863

31 Mar 2018

Population - IPP

3,353

Apr 30 to Mar 20Jun

Population - life sentence

7,247

Apr 30 to Mar 20Jun

First receptions (quarterly)

19,989

Oct-Dec 2017

Releases (quarterly)

18,196

Oct-Dec 2017


Additional information on the safe, decent and secure running of the Prison Service.

Prisoners held in crowded accommodation

24.5%

Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

Releases in error

71

Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

Staff in post

18,403

Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

Average working days lost to sickness

10.1

Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

Foreign national prisoners timely referrals

70.0%

Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

Public prisons operating within budget

91.3%

Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

Staff with control & restraint training

82.1%

Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

Prisons achieve tornado training target

78.1%

Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

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