Prisoners: Females

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

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Photo of Baroness Fall Baroness Fall Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of women in (1) HMP Askham Grange, (2) HMP Bronzefield, (3) HMP Downview, (4) HMP Drake Hall, (5) HMP East Sutton Park, (6) HMP Eastwood Park, (7) HMP Foston Hall, (8) HMP Low Newton, (9) HMP New Hall, (10) HMP Send, and (11) HMP Styal, are there for non-violent offences; and in each prison what percentage of those women are mothers of children under the age of 18.

Photo of Baroness Fall Baroness Fall Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government of the women in (1) HMP Askham Grange, (2) HMP Bronzefield, (3) HMP Downview, (4) HMP Drake Hall, (5) HMP East Sutton Park, (6) HMP Eastwood Park, (7) HMP Foston Hall, (8) HMP Low Newton, (9) HMP New Hall, (10) HMP Send, and (11) HMP Styal, for non-violent offences, (a) how many are mothers to children under the age of 18, (b) what is the average length of their prison sentences, and (c) what percentage of those women are re-offenders.

Photo of Baroness Fall Baroness Fall Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of children aged under 18 whose mothers are imprisoned in (1) HMP Askham Grange, (2) HMP Bronzefield, (3) HMP Downview, (4) HMP Drake Hall, (5) HMP East Sutton Park, (6) HMP Eastwood Park, (7) HMP Foston Hall, (8) HMP Low Newton, (9) HMP New Hall, (10) HMP Send, and (11) HMP Styal, are (a) taken into care, and (b) looked after by close relatives.

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

The Government recognises that there is an impact on families and children when a woman is involved in the criminal justice system and that children of imprisoned mothers may be particularly affected by a custodial sentence. We have commissioned Lord Farmer to continue his work to enable us to understand what specific measures we can take to help women strengthen family ties, especially with their children, whilst serving sentences in the community, in custody and after they are released.

The number of women in each establishment serving sentences for non-violent offences and the average length of those sentences is set out in table one below.

The percentage of women in each establishment recorded as having children is set out in the table two below. The Ministry of Justice does not have this information broken down by type of offence.

The Ministry of Justice does not hold data on the age or the arrangements made for the care of dependent children of women serving custodial sentences. The percentage of women in prison for non-violent offences who are also re-offenders can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Table 1: Female prison population at selected establishments by non-violent offences and average sentence length as at 31 March 2018.

Establishment

Non-violent offences

Average (mean) sentence length (days) for non-violent offences

Total population

Number

%

Askham Grange

118

81

69%

1411

Bronzefield

517

407

79%

879

Downview

325

248

76%

1596

Drake Hall

319

236

74%

1658

East Sutton Park

87

66

76%

1407

Eastwood Park

361

283

78%

821

Foston Hall

317

222

70%

1006

Low Newton

322

221

69%

1397

New Hall

373

258

69%

1111

Send

270

150

56%

1896

Styal

449

315

70%

1026

Note

  1. Total population figures include women serving custodial sentences, those held on remand, non-criminals and fine defaulters.
  2. Sentence length figures do not include those held on remand, non-criminals and fine defaulters.

Table 2: Percentage of women recorded as having children by establishment, 26 June 2018

Establishment

Percentage have children

Askham Grange

77%

Bronzefield

52%

Downview

52%

Drake Hall

68%

East Sutton Park

62%

Eastwood Park

71%

Foston Hall

63%

Low Newton

66%

New Hall

68%

Peterborough (female)

60%

Send

55%

Styal

67%

Notes:

  1. The number of children field is not a mandatory field within the NOMIS application and about 400 women across these establishments have no entry on the system.
  2. There is no functionality to record the age of children on NOMIS.
  3. There are likely to be cases where, when entered onto the system, a child was under the age of 18 but has since passed this milestone and is now classed as an adult.
  1. The figures relate to all women, not just those in prison for non-violent offences.

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