Prisoners: Females

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th January 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Fall Baroness Fall Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of women in prison are re-offenders in (1) England, and (2) Wales; and of those, what percentage are in prison for non-violent crimes.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

As of 30 June 2016, 78% of adult women in prison under immediate custodial sentence had a previous conviction or caution.

This data is published and can be found in table A1.19 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/633160/population-2017.xlsx

The information in the table refers to prisoners in both England and Wales, however please note there are no women’s prisons in Wales.

Regarding what percentage of women with a previous conviction are incarcerated for non-violent crimes, the information requested could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Table A1.19 (Excel SpreadSheet, 30.32 KB)

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