Britain’s prison population: the stats unlocked

Why does UK lock up more people than any other western European country?

The Royal Courts of Justice. The courts now sentence more people than ever to a term in prison

 

Between 1993 and 2014 the prison population in England and Wales increased by more than 40,000­ people,­ that’s a ­91 per cent ­rise. By ­June ­2020 ­the­ prison­ population ­is ­projected­ to reach 90,200 in England and Wales.

 

How does the prison population break down?

  • England and Wales 84,372
  • Scotland 7,620
  • Northern Ireland 1,713

England and Wales have the highest imprisonment rate­ in­ western­ Europe,­ locking ­up ­149 ­people ­per­ 100,000 of the population.

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Why are there so many prisoners behind bars?

  1. The courts have sentenced more offenders to prison each year since 1993
  2. Offenders have been staying in prison for longer. Since 1993 there’s been a greater use of long custodial sentences.
  3. Reoffending rates have risen. Nearly half of the prison population is serving a sentence less than 12 months. A greater use of short sentences over community alternatives, which are less effective at reducing reoffending, means that today 58 per cent of those on short sentences reoffend within a year of release. 

 

How much does it cost to keep so many people in prison?

At an average annual cost per prison place
 of £36,237, the rise in the prison population represents an additional cost of £1.22 billion annually—that’s over £40 per year for every UK taxpayer.


10 Comments on “Britain’s prison population: the stats unlocked”

  1. […] Britain’s prison population: the stats unlocked → […]

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    • June says:

      Prisons need investigating especially regarding racial abuse and self harm and there are mny reasons why this happens, its about time this was investigated, the human rights does not even enter into the prison system..i wouldnt treat my dog like the prisoners get treated

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      • Peter Duke says:

        simple answer do as the majority of society do and stay on the right side of the law. If youcross the line take whatis coming toyou,learn and behave when you re-enter society.

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  3. […] 100,000 population) is at a ten-year high. A quick look at imprisonment rates in Scandinavia and Western Europe tells us that you don’t need high levels of imprisonment to keep crime at […]

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  4. […] 100,000 population) is at a ten-year high. A quick look at imprisonment rates in Scandinavia and Western Europe tells us that you don’t need high levels of imprisonment to keep crime at […]

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  6. kathleen pedder says:

    Prison is NOT the answer for many offenders, there are lots of people in jail who shouldn’t be. More needs to be done to help people with their problems in the outside world, not locking them up – serving no purpose whatsoever – hoping it “will do the trick” – it won’t. Instead of spending ridiculous amounts of money keeping people in jail, the “system” needs a complete overhaul to make far better use of the money it wastes.

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    • Peter Duke says:

      if you fall foul of the law you have but one person to blame!Do the punishment dealt you ,learn from your mistake and stay out of prison in the future. If you put your hand in a dog’s mouth and are bitten badly you don’t go back for seconds ,if prison had the same effect we wouldn’t be paying £40,000 a year to house prisoners. Without a deterant there is no lesson learnt. Prison should never be easy,it’s a punishment for your wrong doing.

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  7. […] have amongst the highest percentages of the population incarcerated in the whole of Western Europe (Prison Watch UK). This is both a human cost and a drain on the resources of […]

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