Weekly Prison Watch

Latest prison population figures

Week ending Friday 11 April 2014

This week there are 85,254 people in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales. The male prison population is 81,313 and the female prison population is 3,951.

There are 21 fewer people in prison than a week ago. There are 1,376 more people compared to last year. 

The child custody population for February 2014 was 1,183. The number of children in custody has fallen by 17 in the last month. 

There are 64 girls in custody and 54 children aged 10-14. 

The current CNA level is 75,627 meaning that 9,367 men and women are being held above this level. CNA (Certified Normal Accommodation) is the prison service’s own measure of how many prisoners can be held in decent and safe accommodation.

5 most overcrowded prisons

Prison name               

CNA / Population

Number over CNA

% of CNA

Swansea (HMPS)

240 / 431

191

180%

Wandsworth (HMPS)

709 / 1240

531

175%

Dorchester (HMPS)*

152 / 266

114

175%

Exeter (HMPS)

318 / 524

206

165%

Northallerton (HMPS)

146 / 241

95

165%

*Dorchester Prison closed in December 2013. 

The most recent set of quarterly statistics, which cover the period to 30 June 2013, show that:

  • 10,986 men, women and children are held on remand in prison
  • 6,860 people are serving short sentences (below 12 months)
  • 5,620 people are held on indeterminate IPP sentences, of whom 3,549 have passed their tariff expiry date

And that between January and March 2013:

  • 26,423 people were sent to prison in total, of whom:
  • 11,720 people were sent to prison to serve a short sentence (below 12 months)

Week by week prison population breakdown

A week by week breakdown from 2004 onwards.

Deaths in custody 2014

Between January 1 2014 and April 4 2014 there have been 50 deaths in custody of these:

  • 26 people died of natural causes
  • 23 deaths were self-inflicted
  • 1 death is yet to be classified

Deaths in custody annual report 2013

Sources

This update uses the most recent version of the following publications: