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Prisoners

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were held in prisons over 50 miles from their homes in the last 12 months. (195549)

As of September 2007, the latest date for which information is available, there were approximately 33,150 prisoners held over 50 miles from their home address.

Where no home address is listed for a prisoner the committal court has been used as a proxy address.

In the previous five years the level of prisoners in this circumstance is in the following table.

Snapshot of prisoners held over 50 miles from their homes (to nearest 100)

2002

25,700

2003

26,800

2004

27,300

2005

27,600

2006

27,800

The increase by September 2007 reflects increased pressure of numbers on the prison estate. Everyone involved is working hard to bring the level down.