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The Ministry of Justice court proceedings database holds information on offences provided by the statutes under which proceedings are brought but not all the circumstances of each case. It is not possible to identify from this centrally held court proceedings information whether a defendant was formerly a member of Her Majesty's armed forces.
However, in January 2010 the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) published the initial results of a joint study to estimate how many prisoners in England and Wales had been in the regular armed forces. In September 2010 a more detailed report was published.
These reports were based on a one-off study, matching MOJ prison population and MOD veterans data to estimate the number of veterans in prison as at