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PRISON POPULATION & ACCOMMODATION - 21st May 2010


Male : 80,889
Female : 4,312
No. of prisoners in police cells under Operation Safeguard and in court cells : 0
TOTAL : 85,201


Useable Operational Capacity 1 : 87,698
No places are currently activated under Operation Safeguard  
Number under Home Detention Curfew supervision : 2,398



PRISON POPULATION & ACCOMMODATION - on corresponding Friday 12 months ago:

Male : 78,714
Female : 4,251
No. of prisoners in police cells under Operation Safeguard and in court cells : 0
TOTAL : 82,965


Useable Operational Capacity : 84,782
No places are currently activated under Operation Safeguard  
Number under Home Detention Curfew supervision : 2,587



Definition:

1 - The operational capacity of a prison is the total number of prisoners that an establishment can hold taking into account control, security and the proper operation of the planned regime. It is determined by area managers on the basis of operational judgement and experience.

2 - Useable Operational Capacity of the estate is the sum of all establishments’ operational capacity less 2,000 places. This is known as the operating margin and reflects the constraints imposed by the need to provide separate accommodation for different classes of prisoner i.e. by sex, age, security category, conviction status, single cell risk assessment and also due to geographical distribution.

** Useable Operational Capacity of the estate is the sum of all establishments’ operational capacity less 2,000 places.

Population figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing population returns, the data collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Where data has not been received from an establishment, the population for that site from the last reliable, comparable day is rolled forward

 

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