Latest Scottish prison figures show small decline in population

Updated prison statistics for 2013-14 have been released today by Scotland’s chief statistician and include information on the Scottish prison population, including population by type of custody and establishment, characteristics of prisoners, receptions to/liberations from penal establishments and ten year population projections.

The main points are:

  • The prison population has fallen by 2 per cent between 2012-13 and 2013-14 to an annual daily average of 7,894, continuing the fall observed since 2011-12. The sentenced population decreased by 3 per cent to 6,419, while the remand population remained stable at 1,474.
  • During 2013-14, the average daily population decreased by 2 per cent to 7,462 for men, while the female population fell by 6 per cent to 432. The young persons population showed a marked drop of 18 per cent to 566, and this continues the downward trend observed since the late 00s.
  • Current prison population projections suggest that prison population levels in Scotland will remain stable over the projection period with an annual average of 7,800.
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