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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Justice Analytical Services data report: January 2022

This pack provides information on the impact of COVID-19 on the Justice system during January 2022.

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Prison population

While the overall prison population is lower than pre-pandemic levels, the number of people held on remand remains at a historic high. The changing levels across groups that are required by law to be housed separately – like those on remand – pose increasing difficulties in the management of the prison population.

In January 2022 (up until the morning of Tuesday 1 February 2022):

  • the population increased by 77 to 7,568
  • 2,292 were on remand: 1,956 (26%) untried and 336 (4%) awaiting sentence
  • 68% of arrivals were untried (620 of 917), and 18% awaiting sentence (165)

The remand population grew through October and November and, after dropping somewhat in December, it continued to grow through January. The remand population exceeded its previous high point on 1 February when it was 2,292.

The specific needs of remand prisoners means this changing population profile poses additional challenges to staff and estate.

Chart: Total prison population
Line graph showing that the total prison population has returned to January 2021 levels.
Chart: Remand population
Line graph showing that the number of people held on remand remains at a historic high level.

Remand Arrival Offences

There were 737 un-sentenced arrivals to prison with known offence types in January, awaiting trial or sentence for the following alleged offences.

Chart: Index offence category on entry of un-sentenced arrivals
Bar chart showing remand arrivals by offence type, with the highest number of (Untried) arrivals for common assault.

Note: Double-counting may occur where an individual arrives, is absent from prison for one or more nights in the month, and then returns before the end of the period. Where an individual has multiple alleged offence types in a single stint, the offence towards the top of the list in the chart is used as the index offence.

Further Information:

Latest published Annual Prison Population Statistics

Contact

Email: Justice_Analysts@gov.scot

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