This information is not routinely collected, but a resettlement survey commissioned in 2003 by the then Custody to Work Unit, Prison Service, showed that almost half (48 per cent.) of all adult male prisoners had dependent children (including stepchildren) under 18. The proportion of young male prisoners (18 to 20) who had dependent children (including stepchildren) under 18 was 20 per cent.
The requested figures are in the following table, which are also available in monthly updated websites (see table 4) at:
These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system, and although shown to the last individual, the figures may not be accurate to that level.
Total prison establishment January 464 February 490 March 522 April 517 May 348 June 382 July 394 August 416 September 476 October 482 November 454
Total prison establishment
Prisoners are assessed objectively in a robust and rigorous process looking at all aspects of their offending behaviour, actions they have taken to reduce their likelihood of re-offending and the risk they pose to the public. They are placed in the lowest security category consistent with their assessed risk. Only prisoners placed in the lowest security category (D) may be allocated to open conditions.
Prison Core Records are currently created by the receiving establishment and managed locally at which ever holding establishment has custody of the prisoner. On release the Prisoner Core Record remains at the releasing establishment. HQ caseworker files prefixed PDP are created on request. They are tracked and stored centrally.
The first release of C-NOMIS (the replacement prisoner case management system) was very successfully implemented, as planned, in the HM Prison Service designated early adopter, HMP Albany on 10 December 2006. It is now in use as the operational case management system for the prison.
The implementation process requires regular checking and, if necessary, upgrading of the quality of the data held on Local Inmate Database System (to enable its successful transfer to C-NOMIS). This was achieved very successfully at HMP Albany. Measures to maintain and enhance data quality will be a continuing part of C-NOMIS during its roll out across all prisons.