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Females: Prisoners

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many female prisoners were held (a) under 30, (b) under 50, (c) under 100 and (d) over 100 miles from their home in each of the last 10 years. (300953)

The following table shows the total number of females held in prisons that were between 0 and 30 miles; 30 to 50 miles; 50 to 100 miles; and over 100 miles from their home area in each of the last five years. Data prior to 2005 are not available in the format requested.

The data in the table include those who were sentenced and on remand and relate to adults, young offenders and juveniles.

Up to 30 miles

30-50 miles

50-100 miles

Over 100 miles

Total

September 2005

1,750

948

992

688

4,378

September 2006

1,628

960

1,203

809

4,600

September 2007

1,684

753

1,100

852

4,389

September 2008

1,667

819

1,116

815

4,417

May 2009

1,680

858

981

753

4,272

All prisoners are asked for details of their home address on first reception to prison and on discharge from prison. Approximately 60 per cent. of prisoners (both male and female) are shown to have given a recognised address.

If no address is given, various proxies are used to determine distance from home, including next-of-kin address and committal court address. Figures have been scaled to match the overall female population.