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Prisoners: Females

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women in each age group were received into prison under sentence in each of the last 10 years. (291726)

The table shows the numbers of female prisoners that were received under sentence in all prison establishments in England and Wales in each year since 1998, by age band.

Number of persons

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

All ages

5,849

6,816

7,006

7,231

7,720

7,993

8,264

8,024

7,698

8,056

8,862

15-17

302

354

304

305

346

189

186

204

164

191

176

18-20

769

879

932

965

986

916

840

874

849

888

965

21-24

1,113

1,368

1,450

1,520

1,667

1,781

1,674

1,502

1,375

1,326

1,444

25-29

1,311

1,516

1,477

1,606

1,694

1,786

1,825

1,695

1,596

1,720

1,907

30-39

1,618

1,909

2,041

2,042

2,157

2,352

2,519

2,422

2,403

2,485

2,683

40-49

582

584

602

605

725

773

986

1,072

1,043

1,135

1,319

50-59

135

184

166

162

122

173

200

214

216

258

313

60 and over

19

22

34

26

23

23

34

41

52

53

55

Note:

Excludes police cells

This information is taken from table 6.6 in the recently published Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2008, a copy of which has been placed in the House of Commons Library, and which can also 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.