Prisoners

Justice written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the prison population was in each of the last 12 months in (a) all prisons and (b) open prisons.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The following table gives the numbers of prisoners held in all open prisons in England and Wales at the end of each month since February 2007.

2007 2008
Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan
Open prisons
Askham Grange 100 109 99 98 109 108 101 107 109 110 112 96
East Sutton Park 97 95 100 99 100 98 97 90 90 97 89 91
Ford 413 438 457 476 464 454 472 460 468 471 494 494
Hewell Grange 172 182 181 173 167 170 165 143 156 186 177 176
Hollesley Bay 292 292 305 311 298 292 317 324 322 325 314 325
Kirkham 508 513 508 546 514 530 540 522 522 506 485 448
Leyhill 420 399 432 400 411 393 393 399 394 402 348 381
Moorland Open 222 219 222 229 242 236 239 241 242 246 224 248
North Sea Camp 253 274 303 273 272 258 261 247 263 276 295 281
Spring Hill 307 333 335 323 322 309 321 328 324 322 326 322
Standford Hill 407 395 419 416 405 419 424 398 397 437 422 427
Sudbury 481 497 500 523 533 538 515 533 549 545 536 533
Thorn Cross 224 224 223 241 240 245 254 233 229 214 200 211
Usk/Prescoed 410 408 394 406 417 396 392 401 383 380 381 397
Total open prisons 4,306 4,378 4,478 4,514 4,494 4,446 4,491 4,426 4,448 4,517 4,403 4,430
All prison establishments 79,582 79,745 80,261 80,264 79,734 80,164 80,534 80,855 30,997 81,404 79,605 81,142
Note:

In addition to the establishments listed above Drake Hall, Motion Hall, Norwich, Reading and Wealstun prisons have small open units, but population data is not available at this level.

The figures for establishment totals are published monthly at the website:

http://wwwjustice.gov.uk/|publications/populationincustodyhtm

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.

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