Prisoners

Home Department written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the prison population had previously served a period in prison as a convicted prisoner (a) in the latest year for which figures are available and (b) 10 years earlier.

Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The table gives the percentage of the sentenced prison population with at least one previous sentence of imprisonment. The latest year for which figures are available is 2002. We do not have data readily available on previous sentences of imprisonment for those in prison 10 years earlier. The data for 1996 are shown as the earliest year for which these data are available.

Sentenced prison population by previous sentences of imprisonment(24)
Percentage
2002 1996
No information(25) 9 9
No previous sentence of imprisonment 38 46
At least one previous sentence of imprisonment 53 45

(24) Based on a sample of those in prison under sentence on the 30 June 2002 and 1996 respectively. The numbers are then weighted to give an estimate for all those in prison under sentence at that time.

(25) Data on the criminal history of the sentenced prison population are taken from the Offenders Index. It was not possible to find data on the criminal history of all convicted prisoners.

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