Prisons: Population

House of Lords written question – answered on 9th March 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Shadow Minister (Community Cohesion), Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the prison population in England and Wales in each of the past five years, broken down by (a) ethnic origin, (b) religious affiliation, (c) gender, and (d) age.

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

Available information on the breakdowns requested of the prison population in England and Wales from February 2003 to June 2007 (latest available) can be found in the tables below.

These figures are taken from published tables within the Ministry of Justice statistical bulletin Offender Management Caseload Statistics, copies of which can be found in the Libraries of the House and at www.justice.gov.uk/publications/prisonandprobation.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.

Table C: Population in prison establishments (1) under sentence (2) by age and sex, England and Wales, June 2003-June 2007

2003 2004 2005
Male Female Male Female Male Female
15-17 1,724 57 1,706 58 1,780 56
18-20 5,740 305 5,585 300 5,598 269
21-24 10,112 670 10,095 632 9,949 612
25-29 10,441 702 10,738 727 10,982 679
30-39 16,304 1,100 17,021 1,056 16,866 1,072
40-49 7,252 492 7,858 507 8,744 586
50-59 2,975 123 3,013 152 3,263 179
60 and over 1,413 28 1,508 20 1,599 24
2006 2007
Male Female Male Female
15-17 1,814 50 1,827 56
18-20 5,720 272 6,358 280
21-24 9,624 552 9,864 475
25-29 11,361 708 11,665 662
30-39 16,851 1,094 16,621 1,014
40-49 9,368 606 10,106 612
50-59 3,517 189 3,831 203
60 and over 1,725 40 1,978 49

(1) Excludes police cells.

(2) Including persons committed in default of payment of a fine.

(3) Data within the table are taken from the Ministry of Justice Statistical bulletin Offender Management Caseload Statistics, 2007. Tables 7.3 refer.

Data Sources and Quality

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.

Table A. Population in prison establishments (1) sex and ethnic group, 28 February 2003-30 June 2007

2003(2)
February
Males Females
Total 67,937 4,349
White 51,427 3005
Black 10850 1.101
South Asian 2.316 36
Chinese & Other 3266 206
Unrecorded 78 1
2004 June 2005 June 2006 June 2007 June
Males Females Males Females Males Females Males Females
Total 70,036 4,452 71,676 4,514 73,519 4,463 75,451 4,283
White 48.275 3,007 53,608 3,217 53,972 3,165 55,238 3,012
Mixed 1,657 202 1,934 223 2.108 191 2,250 192
Asian or Asian British 3,756 80 4,459 104 5,010 107 5,172 116
Black or Black British 9,234 809 10,294 875 10,922 883 11,186 830
Chinese or Other ethnic group 636 56 790 73 873 81 1,040 113
Not stated 215 8 246 10 288 21 268 12
Unrecorded 79 2 39 3 61 0 55 1
1991 Census ethnic codes 6,184 287 305 9 284 15 242

(1) Excludes police cells.

(2) Prior to 2004 the 1991 census ethnic codes were used. The Census 2001 categories replaced the 9+1 categories of the 1991 census with 16+1 categories. Because of these changes comparisons between the two classifications should not be made.

(3) Data within the tables are taken from the Ministry of Justice Statistical bulletin Offender Management Caseload Statistics. Tables 8.4 for 2005 and 7.21 for 2007 refer.

Data Sources and Quality

These figures have been drawnfrom administrative IT systems, which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Table B: Population in prison establishments (1) by religion (2), June 2003-June 2007

Number of persons
2003 June 2004 June 2005 June 2006 June 2007
Total 73,657 74,488 76,190 77,982 79,734
All Christian 42,463 41,438 41.154 40,827 41,406
Anglican 26,055 24,885 24,168 23,590 23,353
Free Church 1,418 1,299 1,258 1,193 1,224
Roman Catholic 12,750 12,984 13,304 13,340 13,912
Other Christian 2.239 2.270 2,424 2,703 2,918
Buddhist 947 1.133 1,237 1.432 1,609
Hindu 339 342 370 368 357
Jewish 184 181 197 187 231
Muslim 6,136 6,571 7,246 8,243 8,864
Sikh 490 498 543 579 608
Other religious groups 207 282 304 397 419
Non recognised 296 324 309 350 337
No religion 22,584 23,709 24,826 25,598 25.900
Not recorded 13 10 3 2 4

(1) Excludes police cells.

(2) Figures are recorded by the Prison Service on the Local Inmate Database (LIDS).

(3) Data taken from Table 7.25 of the Ministry of Justice Statistical bulletin Offender Management Caseload Statistics, 2007.

Data Sources and Quality

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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