Coronavirus (COVID-19): Justice Analytical Services data report- February 2021

This report provides information on the impact of COVID-19 on the Justice system during February 2021.

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Prison population

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 February 2021 (up until the morning of 1st March):

  • the population fell by 99 to 7,341
  • 1,948 were on remand: 1,643 (22%) untried & 291 (4%) awaiting sentence
  • 66% of arrivals in January were untried (489 of 745), and 20% awaiting sentence (149)
Line graph showing Total and Remand prison populations decreasing from March 2020.

Remand Arrival Offences

There were 638 un-sentenced arrivals to prison with known offence types in February, awaiting trial or sentencing for the following alleged offences

Bar chart showing the number of remand arrivals by offence type.

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

Further Information:

Latest published annual prison population statistics can be found here:



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