Prison Sentences

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 2 June 2021.

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Photo of Lord Blunkett Lord Blunkett Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide (1) the total number of prisoners serving more than 10 years past the expiry of their original tariff, and (2) a breakdown by each year served beyond 10 years.

Photo of Lord Blunkett Lord Blunkett Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown by ethnicity of the number of prisoners still in prison after their tariff expiry.

Photo of Lord Blunkett Lord Blunkett Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners continue to be in (1) Category A, and (2) Category B, prisons after the expiry of their original tariff.

Photo of Lord Wolfson of Tredegar Lord Wolfson of Tredegar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The total number of prisoners serving life and Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences who have never been released and as at 31 March 2021 had served more than 10 years past the expiry of their tariff, broken down by each year served beyond 10 years (time over tariff), is shown in the following table:

Time over tariff(1)

Status

Total

Unreleased IPP Sentenced Prisoners

Unreleased Life Sentenced Prisoners

From 10 years to less than 11 years

197

91

288

From 11 years to less than 12 years

159

68

227

From 12 years to less than 13 years

106

65

171

From 13 years to less than 14 years

57

71

128

From 14 years to less than 15 years

6

58

64

From 15 years to less than 16 years

0

69

69

From 16 years to less than 17 years

0

39

39

From 17 years to less than 18 years

0

39

39

From 18 years to less than 19 years

0

38

38

From 19 years to less than 20 years

0

19

19

From 20 years to less than 21 years

0

20

20

From 21 years to less than 22 years

0

17

17

From 22 years to less than 23 years

0

27

27

From 23 years to less than 24 years

0

12

12

From 24 years to less than 25 years

0

13

13

From 25 years to less than 26 years

0

6

6

From 26 years to less than 27 years

0

8

8

From 27 years to less than 28 years

0

11

11

From 28 years to less than 29 years

0

4

4

From 29 years to less than 30 years

0

6

6

30 years or more(1)

0

17

17

Total

525

698

1,223

(1) These counts have been aggregated due to small numbers. This is to prevent the disclosure of individual information. Further disclosure control may be completed where this alone is not sufficient.

The tariff-expired unreleased indeterminate sentence prisoner population, broken down by ethnicity as of 31 March 2021, is shown in the following table:

Ethnicity Group

Status

Total

Unreleased IPP Sentenced Prisoners

Unreleased Life Sentenced Prisoners

Asian or Asian British

83

65

148

Black or Black British

208

172

380

Mixed

67

46

113

Other ethnic group

8

11

19

White

1,334

1,345

2,679

Unrecorded

1

2

3

Not stated

4

7

11

Total

1,705

1,648

3,353

The tariff-expired unreleased indeterminate sentence prisoner population, broken down by prison security category as of 31 March 2021, is shown in the following table:

Main Function of Prison*

Unreleased IPP Sentenced Prisoners

Unreleased Life Sentenced Prisoners

Cat A (High Security)

167

299

Cat B Trainer

229

203

*These prisons may hold prisoners with lower security categories than the main function of the prison.

Notes for all tables:

1. These figures have been drawn from the Public Protection Unit Database and Prison-NOMIS held by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service. As with any large scale recording systems, the figures are subject to possible errors with data migration and processing.

2. The figures in these tables do not include recalled indeterminate-sentence prisoners.

Statistics on the indeterminate sentence population in prisons are routinely published as part of the Quarterly Offender Management Statistics on Gov.uk - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/offender-management-statistics-quarterly.

By law prisoners serving indeterminate sentences who have completed their tariff will be released only when the independent Parole Board concludes that the risk they present to the public is capable of being safely managed in the community under probation supervision.

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