I have looked fruitlessly for a simple dataset that lets me see what the breakdown of the prison population is every year by offence type. Surely this is available somewhere?

asked 26 May, 18:37

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These may or may not meet your definition of a "simple dataset," but here are some online sources to check:

1) England and Wales -

The Ministry of Justice publishes Offender Management Statistics on a quarterly basis.

Current info: http://www.justice.gov.uk/statistics/prisons-and-probation/oms-quarterly

The most recent files: http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/mojstats/omsq-q4/omsq-q4-2011-prison-population-tables.xls

Previous info: http://www.justice.gov.uk/statistics/prisons-and-probation/oms-quarterly/oms-quarterly-editions

2) Northern Ireland -

It appears that there may be several editions of a Northern Ireland Office Research and Statistical Bulletin called something like "The Northern Ireland Prison Population" that may contain the data you seek.

Search for "prison population" on http://www.nio.gov.uk/

3) Scotland -

The Scottish Prison Service has this info.

If it is not on their web site ( http://www.sps.gov.uk/home/home.aspx ), presumably it could be requested as public information.


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