Prisoners: Remand

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th October 2008.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What percentage of prisoners currently held in prisons in England are on remand.

Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Government Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

At the end of August 2008 there were 13,787 prisoners held on remand (including those prisoners either untried and convicted unsentenced) in all prison establishments in England and Wales, representing 17 per cent of the total prison population of 83,406. In England by itself, at the end of August 2008 there were 13,364 prisoners held on remand out of a total of 80,592 prisoners in all prison establishments, representing 17 per cent of the total.

The published information for the combined totals for England and Wales is available in the public domain at the following website (which is updated monthly): www.justice.gov.uk/publications/populationincustody.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.

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