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Prison Population

Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the size of the prison population in Northern Ireland at the end of 1989, divided into terrorist-type offenders and other offenders categorised by sex in the groups: under 18 years old, 18 to 25 years, 25 to 30 years, 30 to 40 years, 40 to 50 years, 50 to 60 years and over 60 years; and if he will give a breakdown of the length of sentence being served by each age group under the headings (i) up to three months, (ii) over three months and up to six months, (iii) over six months and under 12 months, (iv) over 12 months and under 18 months, (v) over 18 months and up to four years, (vi) over four years and up to eight years, (vii) over eight years, and (viii) life.

[holding answer 4 July 1990]: The size of the prison population at 28 December 1989 was 1,371, including 16 female prisoners.The statistical tables detail the breakdown by sex and age. Statistical information is given for scheduled and non-scheduled offences, information on terrorist-type offenders is not readily available and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

Ages

Sentence group

Less than 18 years

18 to under 25 years

25 to under 30 years

30 to under 40 years

40 to under 50 years

50 to under 60 years

60 years plus

Total

4 to 8 years
Scheduled0645646811176
Non-scheduled0111220102257
Over 8 years
Scheduled05185911640247
Non-scheduled2571183137
Life
Scheduled0244625268123405
Non-scheduled00000101
Total1637829249814229101,365

Sentenced female prison population, 28 December 1989

Ages

18-Under 25

25-Under 30

30-Under 40

40-Under 50

50-Under 60

Total

Sentence Group

Up to 3 months
Non-Scheduled001001
3–6 Months
Scheduled020002
6–12 Months
Non-Scheduled011013
18 Months–4 Years
Scheduled100001
4–8 Years
Scheduled100001
Over 8 Years
Scheduled011002
Life
Scheduled121206
Total3642116

Notes:

1. Age refers to age of prisoner on 28 December 1989.

2. Includes YOC prisoners.

3. Life includes those detained at pleasure of the Secretary of State.

4. Includes fine defaulters and civil prisoners.