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Prisoners

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people (a) of each sex and (b) in each 10-year age cohort are in prison. (187452)

The following table shows the population in prison establishments in England and Wales as at the end of June 2006, broken down by gender and age band:

Total

Males

Females

All ages

63,493

59,981

3,512

15-17

1,865

1,814

50

18-20

5,992

5,720

272

21-24

10,176

9,624

552

25-29

12,069

11,361

708

30-39

17,945

16,851

1,094

40-49

9,975

9,368

606

50-59

3,706

3,517

189

60 and over

1,765

1,725

40

The table is taken from table 8.6 in the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2006, a copy of which can be found in the House of Commons Library and which can be found at the following website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/prisonandprobation.htm

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.