Justice

Prison population in Lancashire

There are five prisons in Lancashire with a combined population of 3,772 as at March 2018. The prison population in Lancashire represents 4.5% of the England and Wales population, excluding immigration removal centres. The in use certified normal accommodation figure was 3,494 for the month. The Lancashire prison population as a percentage of the in use certified normal accommodation figure was 108%, slightly lower than the figure for all prisons in England and Wales (excluding immigration removal centres), which was 111%. Within Lancashire, HMP Preston had the greatest prison/young offender population as a percentage of the in use certified normal accommodation figure at 155%. HMP Kirkham had the lowest percentage at 86%.

The five Lancashire establishments employ approximately 1,500 people.

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Youth justice and offending statistics

The Ministry of Justice publishes a range of annual statistics which concentrate on the flow of young people (aged 10-17) through the Youth Justice System in England and Wales. Violence against the person is the most common offence for a young offender (24%) in Lancashire-14.

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Probation

Probation arrangements are split between those for high risk offenders, who are supervised by the National Probation Service and low to medium risk offenders who are supervised by the Cumbria and Lancashire Community Rehabilitation CompanySodexo Justice Services, in partnership with the social justice charity Nacro, were awarded the Cumbria and Lancashire CRC contract in February 2015. 

The reoffending page on Safer Lancashire website provides some context information about the work done by the national probation service and CRC. These include the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangement (MAPPA) for managing the most serious sexual and violent criminals living in the community. Their work is documented in the MAPPA annual reports.

Reoffending rates

The Ministry of Justice publishes reoffending statistics down to the district authority level. In the Lancashire-12 area between July 2015 and June 2016, 27.2% of adult and juvenile offenders who either were released from custody, received a non-custodial conviction at court, received a caution, reprimand or warning in the Lancashire-12 area went on to commit further offences, with an average of 3.8 offences per reoffender. The reoffending rate for the county is slightly lower than the England and Wales rate of 29.5. Burnley had the highest reoffending rate in the Lancashire-12 area at 31.6, average of 3.9 offences per reoffender and Ribble Valley had the lowest reoffending rate, 16.3, with 3.2 reoffences per offender. Both Blackburn with Darwen (31.6) and Blackpool (30.8) had reoffending rates above the Lancashire-12 area and England and Wales average.

Further analysis

Prison population in Lancashire (PDF 783 KB)

Youth justice in the Lancashire-14 area, year to March 2017 (PDF 575 KB)

 

 

Page updated May 2018