Weekly Prison Watch
Latest prison population figures
Week ending Friday 17 May 2013
This week there are 84,029 men, women and children in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales.
The prison population has fallen at a rate of 3.6% over the past 12 months. There are 3,094 fewer people in prison than a year ago.
The child custody population for March 2013 was 1,291. This compares to 1,803 the year before. There were 117 children held in secure children's home and secure training centres in March 2013, compared to 163 the year prior.
The current CNA level is 78,347 meaning that 5,682 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
CNA / Population
Number over CNA
% over CNA
240 / 438
152 / 259
730 / 1204
317 / 517
210 / 340
The most recent set of quarterly statistics, which cover the period to 31 March 2013, show that:
- 10,768 men, women and children are held on remand in prison
- 7,004 people are serving short sentences (below 12 months)
- 5,809 people are held on indeterminate IPP sentences, of whom 3,570 have passed their tariff
And that between October and December 2012:
- 26,278 people were sent to prison in total, of whom:
- 11,794 people were sent to prison to serve a short sentence (below 12 months)
Week by week prison population breakdown
Deaths in custody 2013
As of 24 April 2013 there have been 54 deaths in custody:
- 28 people have died of natural causes
- 17 deaths have been classified as self-inflicted
- 1 death has been classified as apparent homicide
- 8 deaths are yet to be classified
This update uses the most recent version of the following publications:
- Ministry of Justice prison population statistics published weekly
- Ministry of Justice youth custody data published monthly
- Ministry of Justice CNA and individual prison populations figures published monthly
- Ministry of Justice offender management statistics published quarterly.