Useful criminal justice statistics
People in prison
- On 12 of August 2016, the prison population in England and Wales was 85,188
- Between 1990 and 2015 the average prison population has increased by just over 90%, it is 85,000
- At the end of May 2016, 74 of the 118 prisons in England and Wales were overcrowded
- Greater use of long custodial sentences accounted for 66% of the rise in the prison population between 1993 and 2012. The number of people serving sentences of four years or more, including indeterminate sentences, increased by 26,600
- 46% of adults are reconvicted within one year of release. For those serving sentences of less than 12 months this increases to 60%.
The Evidence Library was launched by the Arts Alliance in November 2012. It is a comprehensive high-quality resource collating research and evaluations on arts projects with offenders for professionals, academics and others working in the Criminal Justice System.
Clinks' statistical toolkit provides data on a range of community saftey and criminal justice issues searchable by local authority area. Access the toolkit here.
You can find links to a range of publications and research on the existing evidence on what works in reducing reoffending here.