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Prisoners

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners on average were serving sentences of (a) less than three months, (b) between three and six months and (c) between six and 12 months in each of the last five years. (243281)

The requested information for all prison establishments in England and Wales as at 30 June each year can be found in the following table:

Total

Less than or equal to 3 months

Greater than 3 and less than or equal to 6 months

Greater than 6 months and less than 12 months

Greater than or equal to 12 months

2004

60,924

1,794

3,939

2,306

52,886

2005

62,179

1,866

4,127

2,225

53,961

2006

63,404

1,802

4,136

2,525

54,942

2007

65,533

1,547

3,597

2,462

57,928

2008

68,124

1,829

4,027

2,866

59,403

These figures are a reworking of figures which are available at the 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.