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Prisons: Wales

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in which prisons were women who (a) gave a North Wales address and (b) were sentenced by a North Wales court were held in each year since 2010.

Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The following table shows the number of female prisoners who have a reported home address in North Wales, in each September since 2010.

Table showing the Number and Location of Female Prisoners who have a Reported Home Address in North Wales, in each September since 2010.

Prison

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Askham Grange

1

1

2

Bronzefield

1

Downview

Drake Hall

3

1

4

1

1

East Sutton Park

2

Eastwood Park

Foston Hall

1

1

2

Low Newton

3

Morton Hall

1

New Hall

1

1

1

1

Peterborough (Female)

1

1

Styal

5

4

13

12

9

Total

11

8

20

14

21

The following table shows the number and location of female prisoners sentenced at a court in North Wales, in each September since 2010.

Table Showing the Number and location of Female Prisoners Sentenced at a Court in North Wales, in each September since 2010.

Prison

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Askham Grange

1

1

4

Bronzefield

1

2

Downview

1

Drake Hall

6

2

2

2

2

East Sutton Park

1

2

1

2

Eastwood Park

1

Foston Hall

1

1

1

2

Low Newton

1

1

4

Morton Hall

2

New Hall

3

1

1

2

2

Peterborough (Female)

1

1

1

1

Styal

16

12

22

25

13

Total

29

20

29

35

32

In January 2013, the Justice Secretary commissioned a review of the Women’s Custodial Estate. The review was published on 25 October 2013 and recommended that the women’s prison estate be reconfigured to make sure that women are held closer to home with access to the right interventions and with opportunities for meaningful resettlement. This includes women from Wales.

No address has been recorded and no court information is available for around 3% of all offenders, and therefore these figures are excluded from the answer. Information on offenders' addresses is provided by them on reception in prison and recorded on a central IT system. Reported addresses can include a home address, an address to which offenders intend to return on discharge or the address of their next of kin.

Note: North Wales is defined here as the area covered by North Wales Police. Those sentenced at a North Wales court may also have a reported home address in North Wales and in this case would appear in both tables.

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