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Offender management statistics for England and Wales

Quarterly statistics for England and Wales for July to September 2018

25 January 2019
Offender management statistics for England and Wales

The government has published a bulletin detailing the offender management and prison population quarterly statistics in England and Wales for July to September 2018.

The main points include:

  • The total prison population stood at 82,236 on the 31 December 2018. This is a 3% decrease compared to the previous year. This is due to fewer people entering prison (first receptions), which fell 11% in 2018 down to 18,974.
  • Releases from prison have decreased by 4% compared to the number of releases in the same quarter of 2017. This reflects the shift towards longer sentences; in 2018, there was an 8% increase of prisoners serving determinant sentences of 14 years of more, and the number of prisoners serving a determinant sentence of less than 4 years has decreased.
  • In 2018 there was an 18% decrease in those serving indeterminate sentences, down to 2,489 prisoners. This is part of a 59% decrease since June 2012, where the numbers of IPP prisoners peaked.
  • The number of adjudication outcomes increased by 14% on the same quarter in the previous year.
  • 6,240 offenders were recalled to prison in the last quarter of 2018, an increase of 13% compared to the same quarter the previous year. This increase was driven by an increase in Home Detention Curfew recalls following policy change in early 2018.
  • There were 258,157 offenders on probation at the end of September 2018, a 3% decrease in the total number of offenders on probation compared with the year before.
  • There was a 9% decrease in remand, compared with the year before.
  • Of the court orders terminated in the quarter ending September 2018, 69% were terminated successfully.
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