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Prison Service: Manpower

Justice written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the ratio of prisoners to prison officers at each category C prison in England and Wales was on 1 April in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (also in Government Equalities Office), Minister of State (Government Equalities Office) (also in the Ministry of Justice)

Information on the prisoner to officer ratio at each category C prison since 2000 is contained in the following table. Information is provided only for establishments which were category C in each particular year. Establishments are allocated to a category based on the predominant accommodation. Establishments that also hold young offenders would be expected to have lower prisoner to officer ratios.

Prison 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Acklington 3.2 3.4 3.7 3.6 3.8 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.4 3.7
Ashwell 4.2 3.5 4.8 4.9 4.8 5.1 5.0 5.2 4.9 4.9
Blantyre House 3.2 3.2
Blundeston 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.0
Brockhill 2.2 2.2
Buckley Hall 3.4 1.1 3.4 3.5 3.5 3.5
Bullwood Hall 2.1 2.5 2.8
Camp Hill 3.0 3.4 3.6 3.5 3.8 3.6 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.7
Canterbury 2.8 2.9 2.7 2.7 2.5 2.7
Channings Wood 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.9 3.9 4.0 3.9
Coldingley 3.1 3.8 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.3 4.2 4.1 4.1 3.7
Dartmoor 2.9 3.2 3.6 3.8 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.7
Downview 2.7 2.7
Edmunds Hill 1.3 2.8 2.8 2.9 3.0
Erlestoke 3.0 3.1 3.6 3.9 3.6 3.7 3.7 3.5 3.7 3.7
Everthorpe 3.4 3.5 3.2 3.2 3.7 3.5 4.0 3.7 3.8 4.0
Featherstone 3.8 4.0 4.3 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.1 4.4 4.3 4.4
Guys Marsh(1) 4.0 3.8 4.1 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.1 4.2
Haslar 2.6
Haverigg 2.8 3.8 4.3 4.2 4.4 4.0 4.2 4.2 4.4 4.2
Highpoint 3.2 3.4 5.9 4.0 4.4 4.3 4.1 4.2 4.1 4.3
Kennet 2.3 2.4
Kirklevington Grange 4.7 4.6
Lancaster 2.0 2.1 2.7 3.0 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.6 2.6 2.8
Lindholme 3.2 3.0 4.0 3.6 3.4 3.6 3.8 4.2 4.5 4.6
Littlehey 3.8 4.0 4.2 4.6 4.5 4.4 4.3 4.4 4.4 4.4
Maidstone 3.7 3.6 3.8 3.6 3.2 2.4
Moorland(1) 2.9 2.9 2.8 2.9 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.3
Onley(1) 2.6 3.1 3.3 3.4 3.1
Ranby 3.6 3.6 3.4 3.4 3.1 3.5 3.6 4.1 3.8 3.9
Risley 2.6 2.8 3.0 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.6 3.8 3.7 3.8
Shepton Mallet 2.7 1.7 3.0 2.8 3.0 2.8 2.9 3.1 2.8 2.9
Stafford 3.2 3.3 3.5 3.9 3.7 4.1 4.2 4.1 3.8 4.0
Stocken 4.1 4.1 4.2 3.9 4.1 4.0 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.2
The Mount 4.2 4.6 5.3 5.2 5.1 4.8 4.6 4.7 4.3 4.4
The Verne 4.4 4.5 4.7 5.2 5.4 5.2 5.0 5.1 5.0 5.1
Usk/Prescoed 3.3 3.7 3.9 4.4 4.6 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.4 4.5
Wayland 4.0 4.3 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.6 4.6 4.7 3.5 4.0
Wealstun 4.1 4.1 4.4 3.7 3.0 3.7 3.9 4.0 2.7 2.7
Weare 2.8 3.0 3.3 3.4 3.3 3.5
Wellingborough 2.7 3.2 3.3 3.8 3.7 3.1 3.3 3.7 3.6 3.6
Whatton 3.5 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.9 3.5 2.6 3.7 3.8 3.9
Wolds 3.5 3.4 3.2 3.7 3.3 3.9
Wymott 3.7 3.7 4.0 4.0 3.5 4.1 4.1 4.1 3.7 4.0
(1) Establishment also holds, or until recently held, young offenders as well as category C prisoners. Moorland also has an "Open" section.

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