Prisons data

Offender management

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

Visit prisons and probation statistics for data sources and more details. There is also a guide to offender management statistics (PDF; April 2021).


Total number of prisoners at a specific point in time each year.

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Period Prison population
30-Jun-2002 71,218
30-Jun-2003 73,657
30-Jun-2004 74,488
30-Jun-2005 76,190
30-Jun-2006 77,982
30-Jun-2007 79,734
30-Jun-2008 83,194
30-Jun-2009 83,391
30-Jun-2010 85,002
30-Jun-2011 85,374
30-Jun-2012 86,048
30-Jun-2013 83,842
30-Jun-2014 85,509
30-Jun-2015 86,193
30-Jun-2016 85,134
30-Jun-2017 85,863
30-Jun-2018 82,773
30-Jun-2019 82,710
30-Jun-2020 79,514
30-Jun-2021 78,324
30-Jun-2022 80,659

30-Jun-2022 80,659

30-Sep-2022

The prison population at 30 Sep 2022 was 81,309.

Data source Offender management statistics quarterly

Published: 27 October 2022. Next publication: 26 January 2023 9:30am. Update expected here by 15 February 2023.


Prison population - IPP

Sourced from Table 1.9a of Prison Population.

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Period Prison population - IPP
30-Jun-2005 24
30-Jun-2006 1,079
30-Jun-2007 2,859
30-Jun-2008 4,461
30-Jun-2009 5,240
30-Jun-2010 5,659
30-Jun-2011 6,056
30-Jun-2012 6,078
30-Jun-2013 5,618
30-Jun-2014 5,119
30-Jun-2015 4,614
30-Jun-2016 3,998
30-Jun-2017 3,353
30-Jun-2018 2,745
30-Jun-2019 2,315
30-Jun-2020 1,969
30-Jun-2021 1,722
30-Jun-2022 1,492

30-Jun-2022 1,492

30-Sep-2022

The number of unreleased IPP prisoners at 30 Sep 2022 was 1,437.

Data source Offender management statistics quarterly

Published: 27 October 2022. Next publication: 26 January 2023 9:30am. Update expected here by 15 February 2023.


Prison population - life sentence

Life sentences (all variations).

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Period Prison population - life sentence
30-Jun-2002 5,146
30-Jun-2003 5,419
30-Jun-2004 5,595
30-Jun-2005 5,858
30-Jun-2006 6,195
30-Jun-2007 6,622
30-Jun-2008 6,922
30-Jun-2009 6,942
30-Jun-2010 7,475
30-Jun-2011 7,588
30-Jun-2012 7,676
30-Jun-2013 7,564
30-Jun-2014 7,468
30-Jun-2015 7,439
30-Jun-2016 7,361
30-Jun-2017 7,247
30-Jun-2018 7,117
30-Jun-2019 7,027
30-Jun-2020 6,985
30-Jun-2021 6,963
30-Jun-2022 7,084

30-Jun-2022 7,084

30-Sep-2022

The number of unreleased life sentence prisoners at 30 Sep 2022 was 7,114.

Data source Offender management statistics quarterly

Published: 27 October 2022. Next publication: 26 January 2023 9:30am. Update expected here by 15 February 2023.


Prison population - remand

The number of prisoners on remand, including both untried and convicted unsentenced.

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Period Prison population - remand
30-Jun-2008 13,440
30-Jun-2009 13,276
30-Jun-2010 13,004
30-Jun-2011 12,464
30-Jun-2012 11,324
30-Jun-2013 10,971
30-Jun-2014 12,197
30-Jun-2015 11,785
30-Jun-2016 9,288
30-Jun-2017 9,638
30-Jun-2018 9,285
30-Jun-2019 9,145
30-Jun-2020 11,388
30-Jun-2021 12,727
30-Jun-2022 13,409

30-Jun-2022 13,409

30-Sep-2022

The number of remand prisoners at 30 Sep 2022 was 14,507

Data source Offender management statistics quarterly

Published: 27 October 2022. Next publication: 26 January 2023 9:30am. Update expected here by 15 February 2023.


A first reception is a measure which counts a prisoner's first movement into custody following a court hearing for a particular set of offences committed, and therefore gives the best indication of the number of new prisoners in the reporting period.

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Period Prison first receptions (quarterly)
Jan-Mar 2015 24,514
Apr-Jun 2015 23,683
Jul-Sep 2015 22,958
Oct-Dec 2015 22,567
Jan-Mar 2016 22,100
Apr-Jun 2016 21,707
Jul-Sep 2016 21,732
Oct-Dec 2016 20,719
Jan-Mar 2017 21,357
Apr-Jun 2017 21,236
Jul-Sep 2017 21,335
Oct-Dec 2017 19,989
Jan-Mar 2018 19,927
Apr-Jun 2018 19,330
Jul-Sep 2018 18,974
Oct-Dec 2018 18,219
Jan-Mar 2019 17,690
Apr-Jun 2019 18,370
Jul-Sep 2019 18,806
Oct-Dec 2019 17,306
Jan-Mar 2020 17,092
Apr-Jun 2020 12,608
Jul-Sep 2020 15,242
Oct-Dec 2020 14,634
Jan-Mar 2021 14,131
Apr-Jun 2021 15,206
Jul-Sep 2021 15,103
Oct-Dec 2021 15,000
Jan-Mar 2022 15,354
Apr-Jun 2022 15,994

Apr-Jun 2022 15,994

Data source Offender management statistics quarterly

Published: 27 October 2022. Next publication: 26 January 2023 9:30am. Update expected here by 15 February 2023.


A release is defined as a release from prison where the prisoner has finished serving the custodial term of their sentence(s) and excludes:

  • civil non-criminal prisoners;
  • persons committed to custody for non-payment of a fine;
  • releases to hospital;
  • deported prisoners from HMPPS operated Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs); and
  • releases following recall after release on licence, except occasions:
    • where the offender has committed a new offence and is committed to custody for a new sentence and the subsequent release date falls after the sentence expiry date of the original sentence; or
    • where upon release the offender is subject to the licence condition of the new custodial sentence.

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Period Prison releases (quarterly)
Jan-Mar 2015 17,797
Apr-Jun 2015 18,526
Jul-Sep 2015 18,880
Oct-Dec 2015 19,348
Jan-Mar 2016 17,923
Apr-Jun 2016 18,562
Jul-Sep 2016 18,714
Oct-Dec 2016 18,361
Jan-Mar 2017 17,639
Apr-Jun 2017 17,763
Jul-Sep 2017 17,897
Oct-Dec 2017 18,196
Jan-Mar 2018 17,904
Apr-Jun 2018 17,369
Jul-Sep 2018 17,136
Oct-Dec 2018 17,215
Jan-Mar 2019 15,432
Apr-Jun 2019 15,708
Jul-Sep 2019 15,699
Oct-Dec 2019 15,931
Jan-Mar 2020 14,721
Apr-Jun 2020 13,290
Jul-Sep 2020 12,526
Oct-Dec 2020 12,716
Jan-Mar 2021 11,419
Apr-Jun 2021 11,623
Jul-Sep 2021 11,750
Oct-Dec 2021 12,222
Jan-Mar 2022 11,324
Apr-Jun 2022 11,478

Apr-Jun 2022 11,478

Data source Offender management statistics quarterly

Published: 27 October 2022. Next publication: 26 January 2023 9:30am. Update expected here by 15 February 2023.


Individuals released on temporary licence

Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) is the mechanism under which offenders may be released into the community, generally towards the end of their sentences, for rehabilitative purposes. It can play an important role in public protection by allowing risk management plans for offenders to be tested in the community under strict conditions before they are released. It also provides a valuable means of helping offenders prepare for their resettlement in the community by, for example, finding work or rebuilding links with their families, which helps to reduce reoffending.

These figures show the number of individuals released on temporary licence at least once in the quarter. Some individuals may be released multiple times within the quarter or over multiple quarters. Therefore, it is not possible to sum multiple quarters together to find the number of releases on temporary licence over a longer period.

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Period Individuals released on temporary licence
Apr-Jun 2015 3,668
Jul-Sep 2015 3,521
Oct-Dec 2015 3,514
Jan-Mar 2016 3,546
Apr-Jun 2016 3,685
Jul-Sep 2016 3,879
Oct-Dec 2016 3,985
Jan-Mar 2017 4,019
Apr-Jun 2017 4,023
Jul-Sep 2017 4,044
Oct-Dec 2017 4,127
Jan-Mar 2018 4,098
Apr-Jun 2018 4,185
Jul-Sep 2018 4,323
Oct-Dec 2018 4,283
Jan-Mar 2019 4,284
Apr-Jun 2019 4,534
Jul-Sep 2019 5,134
Oct-Dec 2019 5,280
Jan-Mar 2020 4,957
Apr-Jun 2020 794
Jul-Sep 2020 1,617
Oct-Dec 2020 2,189
Jan-Mar 2021 1,067
Apr-Jun 2021 3,026
Jul-Sep 2021 3,712
Oct-Dec 2021 4,082
Jan-Mar 2022 3,984
Apr-Jun 2022 4,127

Apr-Jun 2022 4,127

Data source Offender management statistics quarterly

Published: 27 October 2022. Next publication: 26 January 2023 9:30am. Update expected here by 15 February 2023.


Prison operational capacity

The operational capacity of a prison is the total number of prisoners that an establishment can hold taking into account control, security and the proper operation of the planned regime.

This measure reports the useable operational capacity of the estate, which is the sum of all establishments' operational capacity less an operating margin. Figures are taken on the last working Friday of June each year.

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Period Prison operational capacity
Jun 2018 86,491
Jun 2019 85,056
Jun 2020 81,749
Jun 2021 81,154
Jun 2022 82,759

Jun 2022 82,759

30-Sep-2022

At 30 Sep 2022 the useable operational capacity of the estate was 83,723.

Data source Prison population statistics (monthly)

Published: 28 October 2022.