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Prisoners

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) for what offences women were being detained in prison on 1 April in each year since 1997; and how many were being detained for each category of offence in each such year; (241285)

(2) what offences men were being detained in prison on 1 April in each year since 1997; and how many men were being detained for each such category of offence in each such year.

The table shows the number of males and females detained in all prison establishments in England and Wales1 by offence group as at the end of June in each year since 1997.

The figures for 1997-2007 can be found in table 7.2 of the recently published Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2007, a copy of which is available in the House of Commons Library and at the following website:

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

The figures for 2008 can be found in table 2 of the Population in Custody monthly brief for June 2008 which can be found at the following website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/populationincustody.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.

England and Wales 30 June

Number of persons

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

20051

20061

20071

20081

Male

Remand

11,518

12,168

11,837

10,764

10,288

12,083

12,001

11,544

11,863

12,165

11,953

12,566

Violence against the person

2,114

2,215

2,126

2,012

2,035

2,411

2,403

2,579

2,753

2,981

2,970

3,280

Sexual offences

625

754

695

581

489

587

556

616

762

886

775

911

Robbery

1,158

951

1,126

982

867

1,304

1,157

1,130

1,049

1,248

1,296

1,331

Burglary

2,382

2,202

2,366

1,882

1,634

1,914

1,850

1,451

1,437

1,342

1,374

1,455

Theft and handling

1,576

1,849

1,590

1,640

1,500

1,687

1,580

1,235

1,187

1,093

950

930

Fraud and forgery

202

177

185

146

167

191

207

267

463

415

453

398

Drug offences

1,296

1,617

1,564

1,430

1,320

1,360

1,374

1,310

1,627

1,407

1,647

1,708

Motoring offences

329

294

298

280

353

386

409

308

246

224

140

127

Other offences

1,321

1,586

1,372

1,362

1,187

1,397

1,463

1,604

1,687

1,868

1,667

1,765

Offence not recorded

515

523

515

448

736

846

1,002

1,044

652

703

681

661

Immediate custodial sentence

46,611

49,793

48,862

50,434

51,272

53,936

55,919

57,475

58,703

59,898

62,188

64,600

Violence against the person

10,033

10,524

10,429

10,807

11,301

11,674

12,480

13,371

14,541

15,537

16,929

18,204

Sexual offences

4,069

4,779

4,929

5,070

5,082

5,270

5,514

5,746

6,146

6,561

7,287

7,569

Robbery

6,277

6,449

6,174

6,158

6,534

7,208

7,879

8,056

8,035

8,100

8,437

8,437

Burglary

7,976

8,538

8,622

8,824

8,416

8,917

8,576

8,396

7,844

7,563

7,723

7,733

Theft and handling

3,929

4,097

4,021

4,537

4,347

4,278

4,157

3,988

3,716

3,691

3,332

3,373

Fraud and forgery

1,104

1,080

993

885

941

921

907

1,021

1,281

1,456

1,512

1,725

Drug offences

6,483

7,099

7,294

7,526

8,010

8,749

8,988

9,252

9,427

9,484

9,569

9,992

Motoring offences

1,887

1,898

1,913

2,291

2,417

2,223

2,630

2,364

2,124

1,887

1,453

1,356

Other offences

3,159

3,310

3,265

3,538

3,386

3,686

3,934

4,522

4,954

5,242

5,598

6,068

Offence not recorded

1,694

2,019

1,222

797

838

1,009

852

759

636

378

348

144

Female

Remand

587

735

752

669

773

998

1,072

951

1,001

902

891

874

Violence against the person

101

116

105

99

113

132

138

138

150

124

160

165

Sexual offences

4

7

7

7

3

3

4

7

4

11

9

6

Robbery

40

39

41

38

45

104

117

76

61

68

56

64

Burglary

32

42

53

56

68

86

101

75

74

54

49

67

Theft and handling

149

197

214

178

185

276

275

214

169

180

114

124

Fraud and forgery

22

25

21

19

17

24

33

39

96

68

69

79

Drug offences

124

166

168

152

187

174

171

188

203

163

196

144

Motoring offences

6

6

5

6

6

7

12

5

3

3

6

3

Other offences

87

112

127

97

107

122

161

152

167

149

145

138

Offence not recorded

22

25

11

17

43

70

59

56

74

83

87

84

Immediate custodial sentence

2,063

2,366

2,431

2,659

2,897

3,336

3,474

3,449

3,476

3,506

3,345

3,524

Violence against the person

391

420

429

410

443

538

506

603

638

678

687

775

Sexual offences

8

16

17

20

25

23

26

27

38

37

48

47

Robbery

161

177

157

195

250

314

407

392

343

315

311

295

Burglary

101

118

158

158

154

239

240

247

238

228

197

203

Theft and handling

334

395

390

507

452

461

494

416

410

435

374

462

Fraud and forgery

121

119

111

131

130

119

115

126

173

236

227

295

Drug offences

691

794

875

947

1,137

1,317

1,342

1,235

1,234

1,163

1,044

990

Motoring offences

28

26

21

37

44

36

59

39

39

33

31

22

Other offences

162

191

199

185

200

225

251

320

335

352

392

418

Offence not recorded

66

110

74

69

61

63

35

45

29

30

35

16

1 Comparisons by offence group with previous years figures should be made with caution due to further quality assurance of the data introduced for June 2005 onwards. The major difference is in the reduction of the ‘offence not recorded’ category of the remand population.