Prisoners: Females

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 20th December 2017.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what category of offences were women who died in prison serving sentences for, in each year for the last 10 years; and how many of those women were on remand.

Photo of Phillip Lee Phillip Lee The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The category of offences that women who died in prison were serving sentences for in each year from 2007 to 2016 are shown below in Table 1.

The number of women who died in prison that were on remand at the time of death, in each year from 2007 and 2016 is shown below in Table 2.

Table 1: Number of deaths1 of female prisoners by offence type, 2007 to 2016, England and Wales

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total

8

5

7

8

5

4

6

12

8

22

Violence against the person

3

3

5

1

1

1

2

7

5

6

Sexual offences

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Robbery

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

3

Theft Offences

3

1

1

3

1

0

2

0

1

6

Criminal damage and arson

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

2

Drug offences

2

1

0

2

0

2

1

0

1

0

Possession of weapons

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Public order offences

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

Miscellaneous crimes against society

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

2

Fraud offences

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Summary Non-Motoring

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Summary motoring

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Table 2: Number of deaths1 of female prisoners who were on remand at the time of death, 2007 to 2016, England and Wales

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Remand

4

1

0

2

0

1

1

2

0

3

(1) Deaths in prison custody figures include all deaths of prisoners arising from incidents during prison custody. They include deaths of prisoners while released on temporary license (ROTL) for medical reasons but exclude other types of ROTL where the state has less direct responsibility. In recent years, approximately one half of natural cause deaths in prison custody actually occur in hospitals or hospices.

Data Sources and Quality

These figures are derived from the HMPPS Deaths in Prison Custody database. As classification of deaths may change following inquest or as new information emerges numbers may change from time to time.

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