Prison population and capacity in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017, by gender*

United Kingdom (UK): prison population and capacity 2017, by gender This statistic shows the prison population and operational capacity of all United Kingdom prisons and IRCs on December 29, 2017, by gender. At this point, UK prisons were running below maximum capacity, with 2,326 surplus places.
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Number of prisoners
Useable operational capacity87,072
Current population84,746
Male population80,794
Female population3,952
Number of prisoners
Useable operational capacity87,072
Current population84,746
Male population80,794
Female population3,952
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This statistic shows the prison population and operational capacity of all United Kingdom prisons and IRCs on December 29, 2017, by gender. At this point, UK prisons were running below maximum capacity, with 2,326 surplus places.
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Release date
January 2017
Region
United Kingdom
Survey time period
December 29th, 2017
Supplementary notes
* The figures include the populations of NOMS (National Offender Management Service) operated Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs). Information from the source - "Useable Operational Capacity 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."

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