To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of prisoners in each of the prisons in the 10 Prisons Project was in (a) the last six months of 2017 and (b) the last six months of 2018.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) publishes monthly individual prison population and capacity information through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/prison-population-statistics
The table below shows the average level of prison population in each of the prisons in the 10 Prisons Project in the last six months of 2017 and 2018.
The reduction in population in these prisons follows the national trend for England and Wales. In addition, several prisons across the estate have been operating with reduced capacity. This is due to a range of reasons, such as enabling maintenance to be performed and action taken in response to Urgent Notifications triggered by the Chief Inspector.
The 10 Prisons Project aims to reduce violence in ten of our most challenging prisons by reducing the supply of drugs; restoring basic decency and providing the training and support for prison officers to challenge the behaviour that drives violence. The project received an initial £10 million funding to improve security and decency, and bolster leadership capability over a 12-month period.