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Prisoners: Older People

Justice written question – answered on 8th July 2014.

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Photo of Duncan Hames Duncan Hames Liberal Democrat, Chippenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners aged 75 and over there were in each type of prison in (a) 2010 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Over the last 10 years the number of prisoners in England and Wales aged 75 and over has risen each year. The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is working hard to ensure that prisons are equipped to meet the needs of this group, including through the commissioning of health and social care services.

The requested information is provided in the following table.

Prison population aged 75 years and over as at 31 March in year shown, England and Wales
Category 2010 2014
Cluster 17 32
Female closed <5 <5
Female local <5 <5
Male category B 9 16
Male category C 83 187
Male closed YOI1 <5 <5
Male dispersal 17 18
Male local 73 129
Male open 6 14
Semi open <5 <5
Grand Total 208 400
1 People may be held in a prison which is predominantly for young offenders but is dual registered to hold adults. Note: 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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