Coronavirus (COVID-19): Justice Analytical Services data report - August 2020

Third release of a monthly data report on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the justice system in Scotland, including information from Police Scotland, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, courts and prisons.

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Prison population

While the total prison population has fallen with reduced court business, the number of people held on remand is growing.

In August 2020 (up until the morning of 1st September):

  • the population increased by 197 to 7,458
  • 2,052 were on remand: 1,704 (23%) untried & 348 (5%) awaiting sentence
  • 62% of arrivals in August were untried (654 of 1,051), and 16% awaiting sentence (169)
Total prison population decreasing from March 2020 but beginning overall rise from June 2020

Remand populations decreasing from March 2020 but untried population rising substantially from May 2020



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