While the total prison population has fallen slightly with reduced court business, the number of people held on remand remains at a historic high level.
In April 2021 (up until the morning of 1st May):
- the population fell by 64 to 7,321
- 1,958 were on remand: 1,686 (23%) untried & 272 (4%) awaiting sentence
- 67% of arrivals were untried (630 of 939), and 17% awaiting sentence (157)
Remand Arrival Offences
There were 738 un-sentenced arrivals to prison with known offence types in April, awaiting trial or sentencing for the following alleged offences
Note: Double-counting may occur where an individual is absent from prison for a night in the week and then returns. Where an individual has multiple alleged offence types, the offence towards the top of the list in the chart is used as the index offence.
Revision: The way index offences are identified for remand prisoners changed from December 2020. Offences are now prioritised on the basis of average sentence length from Criminal Proceedings 2018-19. This has increased the proportion where Common Assault, Drugs or Handling Offensive Weapons is the index offence. It has reduced the number of remanded individuals for whom Crimes Against Public Justice and Vandalism are the index offences
Latest published annual prison population statistics can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-prison-population-statistics-legal-status-2019-20/
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