Facts & Figures

These statistics provide some information about the context in which Prison Fellowship works in England and Wales:

Prison Population

The prison population in England and Wales stands at 84,648 as of 16 June 2017, making us the top incarcerator in Western Europe. 344 people died in prison in the 12 months leading up to March 2017. A third of these deaths were the result of suicide.

There are approx. 4k (3,994) women in prison. Over half the women in prison (53%) say they have experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse when they were younger. There were 12 self-inflicted deaths of women in prisons in England and Wales in 2016, the highest number since 2004.

There are 14,932 young adults (18-20yrs) in prison and about 858 children under 18 in custody. Fewer than 1% of all children in England are in care, but they make up nearly two-fifths of children in secure training centres (39%) and young offender institutions (37%).


44% of adults are re-convicted within one year of release – for those serving sentences of less than 12 months this increases to 59%.


Stats and images taken from the Prison Reform Trust’s Bromley Briefings Summer 2017 (http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/Portals/0/Documents/Bromley%20Briefings/Summer%202017%20factfile.pdf)