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Imprisonment in Wales: a local authority breakdown

Jones, Robert 2018. Imprisonment in Wales: a local authority breakdown. Justice and Jurisdiction, Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University. Available at:

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Imprisonment in Wales: A Factfile, published by the Wales Governance Centre in June, revealed the extent of the distance problems facing Welsh people in prison. In this annex to the original report we present a more detailed picture of the spread of Welsh prisoners across England and Wales, as well as the dispersal of English prisoners held in Wales. Some of the key findings from the latest available data, as of the end of June 2018, are outlined below. • There are 4,704 Welsh people (based on home address prior to entering custody) in prison. • 37% of all Welsh prisoners are being held in England. • There are prisoners from Wales spread across 104 prisons in England. • Welsh people are held within 91% of English prisons (104 out of 116). • There are a total of 261 Welsh women in prison. • Welsh women are being held in each of the twelve women’s prisons in England. • There is a localised picture of distances and dispersal in Wales. For example, male prisoners from Flintshire are held at 44 different prisons in England including establishments in South East England. There are prisoners from Carmarthenshire at 36 prisons in England including establishments within all nine English regions. • There are 1,324 prisoners from England held in Welsh prisons. • 30% of all prisoners held in Wales had an address in England prior to entering custody. • There are prisoners at HMP Berwyn, in north Wales, from 125 different local authorities in England. This represents 83% of the total number of unitary and county level authorities in England (125 out of 151). • Prisoners from across 74 different local authorities in England (49%) are held at HMP & YOI Parc in south Wales.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Wales Governance Centre (WGCES)
Publisher: Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 March 2020
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 13:33

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