Absconds

An abscond is an escape that does not involve overcoming a physical security restraint such as that provided by a wall or fence, locks, bolts or bars, a secure vehicle, handcuffs or the direct supervision of staff.

Absconds are monitored to analyse the frequency across the open estate and identify any trends nationally also taking into consideration, the management of risk to the public. It is only possible to abscond from open prison conditions.

This measure is part of the public protection section of prisons data. The data source is HM prison and probation service annual digest.

YearAbsconds
2018-19121
2017-18139
2016-1786
2015-16105
2014-15181
2013-14225
2012-13204
2011-12175
2010-11235
2009-10269
2008-09361
2007-08511
2006-07553
2005-06709
2004-05870
2003-041,301
2002-03947
2001-02781
2000-01787
1999-00907
1998-99965
1997-981,056
1996-971,115
1995-96956

2018-19



Notes
  • Data is not always available for, or applicable to, every prison; and the list of prisons will vary year on year due to closures and newly opened establishments.
  • Prison functions (Male Local etc.) refer to the function of the prison in the most recent year shown. The function of a prison may have been different in previous years.
  • A small number of prisons which are listed separately in the above table are physically co-located and cannot be distinguished on the map.
  • The markers on the map are indicative only. For further information on a prison, or for details of a prison's location, please consult the Ministry of Justice prison finder.
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