Escapes from prison establishments and HMPPS escort

A prisoner escapes from prison if they unlawfully gain their liberty (for 15 minutes or more) by breaching the secure perimeter of a closed prison, or if during prison staff escort, overcome the control of escorting staff and leave the escort, the van or the building (hospital etc.). Those who escape for less than 15 minutes and commit an offence are also recorded as an escape.

Escapes are monitored to analyse the frequency across the estate and identify any trends nationally, also taking into consideration the management of risk to the public.

The data source for this measure is HM prison and probation service annual digest.

YearEscapes from prison establishments and HMPPS escort
2018-193
2017-184
2016-177
2015-165
2014-151
2013-144
2012-131
2011-124
2010-112
2009-105
2008-095
2007-086
2006-078
2005-0611
2004-0520
2003-0416
2002-0317
2001-0226
2000-0119
1999-0038
1998-9935
1997-9833
1996-9753
1995-9688

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;
  • Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2019;
  • Contains Royal Mail data © Royal Mail copyright and database right 2019;
  • 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.