Coronavirus (COVID-19): Justice Analytical Services Data Report - March 2021

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, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, and Scottish Prison Service.

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

  • the population increased by 44 to 7,385
  • 1,951 were on remand: 1,680 (23%) untried & 271 (4%) awaiting sentence
  • 65% of arrivals in March were untried (646 of 991), and 19% awaiting sentence (187)
Chart: Total prison population
Total prison population decreasing from March 2020 but beginning overall rise from June to October 2020 where it plateaus around 7,400.
Chart: Remand population
Remand populations decreasing from March 2020 but untried population rising substantially from May 2020 to a plateau in October around 1,700.



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