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Prison Accommodation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 5th September 2019.

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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 the prison population was on 30 June in each year since 1997; and how many of those prisoners were in (a) public and (b) private prisons.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

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 sets out the prison population as at 30th June in each year since 1997 and identifies how many of these prisoners were held in public and private sector prisons and Young Offender Institutions.

Date

Number of prisoners held in privately managed prisons & YOIs

Number of prisoners held in public sector prisons & YOIs

Total Prison Population

30/06/1997

1735

59011

60746

30/06/1998

4170

61160

65330

30/06/1999

4475

59745

64220

30/06/2000

5600

59542

65142

30/06/2001

6465

60213

66678

30/06/2002

7602

63530

71132

30/06/2003

7956

65488

73444

30/06/2004

7179

66968

74147

30/06/2005

7708

68088

75796

30/06/2006

8443

69147

77590

30/06/2007

9004

70310

79314

30/06/2008

9489

73257

82746

30/06/2009

9391

73554

82945

30/06/2010

9841

74734

84575

30/06/2011

10299

74442

84741

30/06/2012

13674

71644

85318

30/06/2013

14394

68616

83010

30/06/2014

15246

69361

84607

30/06/2015

15905

69051

84956

30/06/2016

15949

68363

84312

30/06/2017

16818

68229

85047

30/06/2018

16252

66195

82447

30/06/2019

16077

66378

82455

The figures in these tables have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

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