Offender management

Key statistics relating to offenders who are under National Probation Service or Community Rehabilitation Company supervision in England and Wales.

Visit prisons and probation statistics for data sources and more details. There is also a guide to offender management statistics (PDF; July 2018).


The number of offenders starting court order probation supervision. Includes community orders, youth rehabilitation orders, suspended sentence orders, supervision default orders and a small number of pre-CJA orders and deferred sentences.

Court order probation supervision starts
Year Court order probation supervision starts
Jan-Mar 2020 25,851
Oct-Dec 2019 26,014
Jul-Sep 2019 28,253
Apr-Jun 2019 28,258
Jan-Mar 2019 30,233
Oct-Dec 2018 28,084
Jul-Sep 2018 28,800
Apr-Jun 2018 29,542
Jan-Mar 2018 30,959
Oct-Dec 2017 29,741
Jul-Sep 2017 31,294
Apr-Jun 2017 31,891
Jan-Mar 2017 34,864
Oct-Dec 2017 29,741
Jul-Sep 2017 31,294
Apr-Jun 2017 31,891
Jan-Mar 2017 34,864
Oct-Dec 2016 31,362
Jul-Sep 2016 33,391
Apr-Jun 2016 35,109
Jan-Mar 2016 35,987
Oct-Dec 2015 35,418
Jul-Sep 2015 36,428
Apr-Jun 2015 36,703
Jan-Mar 2015 37,674
Oct-Dec 2014 35,050
Jul-Sep 2014 36,452
Apr-Jun 2014 34,706
Jan-Mar 2014 40,805
Oct-Dec 2013 38,639
Jul-Sep 2013 39,587
Apr-Jun 2013 37,600
Jan-Mar 2013 38,828
Oct-Dec 2012 38,718
Jul-Sep 2012 40,837
Apr-Jun 2012 39,495

Home supervising officers along with probation staff in prisons work jointly with prison staff on sentence planning and management, including consideration of post-release issues.

Under The Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014, all offenders given custodial sentences are now subject to statutory probation supervision on release from prison. This change came into effect on 1st February 2015.

Pre-release probation supervision starts
Year Pre-release probation supervision starts
Jan-Mar 2020 19,543
Oct-Dec 2019 20,005
Jul-Sep 2019 21,405
Apr-Jun 2019 20,975
Jan-Mar 2019 21,401
Oct-Dec 2018 22,545
Jul-Sep 2018 22,530
Apr-Jun 2018 22,810
Jan-Mar 2018 23,915
Oct-Dec 2017 23,717
Jul-Sep 2017 24,507
Apr-Jun 2017 24,413
Jan-Mar 2017 25,530
Oct-Dec 2017 23,717
Jul-Sep 2017 24,507
Apr-Jun 2017 24,413
Jan-Mar 2017 25,530
Oct-Dec 2016 24,071
Jul-Sep 2016 25,005
Apr-Jun 2016 25,553
Jan-Mar 2016 25,993
Oct-Dec 2015 25,109
Jul-Sep 2015 24,772
Apr-Jun 2015 23,842
Jan-Mar 2015 17,243
Oct-Dec 2014 10,264
Jul-Sep 2014 10,477
Apr-Jun 2014 9,575
Jan-Mar 2014 10,261
Oct-Dec 2013 10,258
Jul-Sep 2013 10,474
Apr-Jun 2013 10,079
Jan-Mar 2013 10,964
Oct-Dec 2012 11,284
Jul-Sep 2012 11,391
Apr-Jun 2012 11,443

The statistics count each person once for each type of probation supervision being received on the date shown. In addition, each person is counted only once in each total or sub-total even if they were subject to several types of probation supervision at the year end (the examples above apply). Thus, the sum of the numbers receiving each type of court order probation supervision exceeds the number receiving court order probation supervision in total.

Probation caseload
Year Probation caseload
31 Mar 2020 241,350
31 Dec 2019 247,759
30 Sep 2019 252,197
30 Jun 2019 254,165
31 Mar 2019 255,264
31 Dec 2018 256,010
30 Sep 2018 258,157
30 Jun 2018 261,196
31 Mar 2018 262,758
31 Dec 2017 264,649
30 Sep 2017 265,047
30 Jun 2017 262,347
30 Jun 2016 258,748
30 Jun 2015 228,844
30 Jun 2014 217,866
30 Jun 2013 219,548
30 Jun 2012 230,736
30 Jun 2011 236,154
30 Jun 2010 239,041

31 Mar 2020 241,350

Probation caseload detail


A period of Community Order probation supervision which comes to an end because the order has been completed successfully, because the order has been breached and terminated early for negative reasons (such as failing to comply with requirements) or because of some other reason, such as the order being quashed by the court or because the offender has died.

Terminations of community orders
Year Terminations of community orders
Jan-Mar 2020 18,546
Oct-Dec 2019 18,576
Jul-Sep 2019 17,834
Apr-Jun 2019 17,249
Jan-Mar 2019 17,335
Oct-Dec 2018 16,962
Jul-Sep 2018 17,714
Apr-Jun 2018 18,075
Jan-Mar 2018 18,768
Oct-Dec 2017 18,561
Jul-Sep 2017 19,027
Apr-Jun 2017 18,873
Jan-Mar 2017 19,397
Oct-Dec 2016 16,490
Jul-Sep 2016 17,461
Apr-Jun 2016 17,520
Jan-Mar 2016 18,195
Oct-Dec 2015 19,486
Jul-Sep 2015 21,364
Apr-Jun 2015 22,424
Jan-Mar 2015 22,246
Oct-Dec 2014 21,673
Jul-Sep 2014 22,349
Apr-Jun 2014 20,768
Jan-Mar 2014 24,140
Oct-Dec 2013 22,536
Jul-Sep 2013 24,087
Apr-Jun 2013 25,100
Jan-Mar 2013 26,423
Oct-Dec 2012 27,535
Jul-Sep 2012 29,784
Apr-Jun 2012 28,638

A period of Suspended Sentence Order probation supervision which comes to an end because the order has been completed successfully, because the order has been breached and terminated early for negative reasons (such as failing to comply with requirements) or because of some other reason, such as the order being quashed by the court or because the offender has died.

Terminations of suspended sentence orders
Year Terminations of suspended sentence orders
Jan-Mar 2020 7,627
Oct-Dec 2019 7,526
Jul-Sep 2019 8,270
Apr-Jun 2019 8,080
Jan-Mar 2019 9,105
Oct-Dec 2018 8,938
Jul-Sep 2018 9,582
Apr-Jun 2018 9,461
Jan-Mar 2018 9,738
Oct-Dec 2017 9,304
Jul-Sep 2017 9,604
Apr-Jun 2017 9,185
Jan-Mar 2017 8,911
Oct-Dec 2016 7,766
Jul-Sep 2016 7,925
Apr-Jun 2016 7,879
Jan-Mar 2016 8,801
Oct-Dec 2015 9,207
Jul-Sep 2015 9,720
Apr-Jun 2015 9,567
Jan-Mar 2015 9,916
Oct-Dec 2014 9,796
Jul-Sep 2014 9,639
Apr-Jun 2014 8,755
Jan-Mar 2014 10,006
Oct-Dec 2013 9,742
Jul-Sep 2013 10,044
Apr-Jun 2013 10,315
Jan-Mar 2013 10,896
Oct-Dec 2012 11,110
Jul-Sep 2012 11,820
Apr-Jun 2012 11,248