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Sentencing: Females

Justice written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women who formerly served in the armed forces are serving a custodial sentence in prisons in England and Wales; and how many such prisoners have children who are in the care of a local authority or kinship placement.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

In September 2010, the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Defence published the results of a joint study to estimate how many prisoners in England and Wales had been in the regular armed forces. This showed that 3.5% of prisoners had previously served in the regular armed forces, of which 0.4% were female. This report may be found in the House of Commons Library and at the following web link:

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/applications/newWeb/www/index. php?page=66&pubType=3

Data on prisoners with children who are in the care of a local authority or kinship placement are not held centrally, and to collect them would incur disproportionate cost.

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