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Prisoners: Females

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL5530, tabled on 19 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many miles on average female prisoners have been held from their home address in each year since 2010.

Answered on

2 February 2022

A year-by-year summary of distance from home for prisoners in female and male prisons is listed below.

Female Prisons Average Distance (miles)

Male Prisons Average Distance (miles)

01/09/2010

48.4

43.2

01/09/2011

46.5

42.7

01/09/2012

45.6

43

01/09/2013

44.6

43.5

01/09/2014

45.7

42.8

01/09/2015

44.7

42.6

01/09/2016

46.9

43.2

01/09/2017

47.3

44.5

01/09/2018

47.8

45.1

01/09/2019

49.2

46

01/09/2020

47.5

45.6

01/09/2021

45.8

45

There are complex and wide-ranging issues involved in transferring and locating prisoners, and allocation decisions must reflect both the specific needs and circumstances of the prisoner, including their security assessment, as well as the operating environment and range of services at the receiving prison.

HM Prisons and Probation Service is committed to ensuring, where practicable, that prisoners are accommodated as close as possible to their resettlement communities and families. Whilst this is a priority, it is not always possible due to a variety of factors, including wider population pressures, or where prisoners have specific sentence planning needs which can only be met at certain establishments.