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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

November 9, 2004: New Prison Statistics Published

New quarterly statistics for the custodial population in England and Wales have been published by the Offender Management Analysis section of the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate. They provide details on the period from January to March 2004.

Key points include:

  • The population in custody at the end of March 2004 was 75,770 (3 percent up on March 2003). This is similar to increases over the previous 3 quarters. The population in custody included 75,295 held in prison and 475 people aged under 18 held in Local Authority Secure Children’s Homes and Secure Training Centres. This is a change to previous recording practice (in, for example, Prison Statistics England and Wales) where ‘population in custody’ just covered those held in prison establishments and police cells.
  • Recent increases (up to the first quarter of 2004) in the sentenced prison population have been partly because more people have been received into prison under sentence. For example, the number received for sentences of less than or equal to 6 months increased by 13 percent. Offences with significant increases in shorter sentence receptions included assault and bail act offences. The population under sentences of 4 years or more also increased reflecting the continuing impact of longer custodial sentences in previous years.
  • The female prison population increased by 4 percent between March 2003 and March 2004, marginally more than the increase in the male prison population of 3 per cent over the same period.
  • The large increases seen in previous quarters in the number of people received into prison for defaulting on fine payment continued in the first quarter of 2004; up 53 per cent to 451 on the first quarter 2003. (As they serve very short periods in prison, fine defaulters accounted for 0.1 percent of the total prison population at the end of March 2004.)
  • 1,687 prisoners were considered for parole in the first quarter of 2004 with 52 percent of them being recommended for parole. The number of females cases considered for parole increased by 9 per cent while the number of male cases decreased by 1 per cent.

Information on the prison population and ethnicity  will be published later. However, the population of female foreign nationals fell by 2 percent between March 2003 and March 2004. Prisoners of Jamaican nationality accounted for the largest group of female foreign nationals, at 35 per cent of this group. Male foreign nationals continued to increase (up 4 percent), but at slower rate than in 2003.

Monthly tables of population in custody statistics are available on the Home Office website here.