WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT BRITAIN’S ISLAND PRISONS?Posted: January 20, 2015
Much has been written about the UK’s mainland prisons, but what about those on its small island outposts?
England has 90 per cent of the UK’s prisoners with Scotland and Northern Ireland accounting for most of the rest. But who pays attention to the prisons in Britain’s smaller territories?
Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man had a total of 359 prisoners between them in November 2014 according to the International Centre for Prison Studies.
But first of all, some of you are probably wondering exactly where these island territories are, so here is a helpful map. They are rather small, so we have used very large arrows.
WHO LOCKS UP WHOM?
People are least likely to be locked up on the Isle of Man, which jails only 95 per 100,000 inhabitants. Gibraltar and Guernsey are far more likely to throw you in the slammer with rates of 146 and 148 respectively.
UK ISLAND TERRITORIES’ PRISON STATISTICS
As for the UK’s prison overcrowding problem, Jersey is currently using just over half of its 243 capacity while the Isle of Man is using only 60 per cent of its 138 spaces. Anyone fancy a change of scenery?
P.S. – A LITTLE EUROPEAN HISTORY
Gibraltar used a Moorish Castle as its prison for well over a hundred years. It was described as “defective in many points” in an 1867 report, but was used until a new prison opened in 2010. As you can see from the picture at the top of this post, it had a pretty intimidating location.