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Prison Sentences

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL3861, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are in prison serving (1) a life sentence, (2) an Extended Determinate Sentence, and (3) an Imprisonment for Public Protection sentence, by ethnicity.

Answered on

23 November 2021

The number of prisoners serving Extended Determinate Sentences, Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences, and Life sentences, by ethnicity, as at 30 September 2021, in England and Wales, is shown in the following table:

Extended Determinate Sentence

Imprisonment for Public Protection

Life Sentence

Asian or Asian British

365

84

591

Black or Black British

794

216

1,187

Mixed

308

66

356

Other ethnic group

83

5

71

White

4,700

1,285

4,738

Not stated

15

3

20

Unrecorded

9

2

8

Note: These figures do not include recalled prisoners

Data sources and quality

The figures in this table have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. Source: Prison NOMIS

Statistics on the ethnicity of the prison population are routinely published as part of the quarterly Offender Management Statistics on Gov.uk - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/offender-management-statistics-quarterly