Snapshot breakdown of current England and Wales prison population by age, gender, type of offence and length of sentence in MoJ infographic.

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The prison population

Although much of the news coming out of the Ministry of Justice about prisons — increases in violence and suicides, falling numbers of staff — is pretty dispiriting to say the least, the MoJ has at least become increasingly transparent about prison life.

By way of illustration, here’s their infographic neatly summarising the make-up of the current prison population:

prison pop june 16

Just click on the graphic to go to the detailed data behind it.

As you can see, the prison population increasingly consists of those sentenced to long terms of imprisonment for serious offences.

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