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Statistics Bulletin CrJ/2005/8 PRISON STATISTICS SCOTLAND, 2004/05

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Main points
  • In 2004/05, the average daily population in Scottish prisons totalled 6,779, an increase of 2 per cent when compared with the 2003/04 figure of 6,621 and the highest annual level ever recorded.
  • In 2004/05, the average daily female prison population increased from 314 in 2003/04 to 332, an increase of 6 per cent.
  • The average daily remand population in 2004/05 was 1,216, down 2 per cent compared with the 2003/04 figure of 1,246.
  • The average population of sentenced young offenders was 560 in 2004/05, a decrease of 2 per cent compared with the 2003/04 figure of 573.
  • The number of long-term adult prisoners, those sentenced to 4 years or more (including life sentences and recalls), increased by 5 per cent from 2,641 in 2003/04 to 2,766 in 2004/05.
  • The number of short-term adult prisoners, those sentenced to less than 4 years (excluding fine defaulters), increased by 4 per cent from 2,100 in 2003/04 to 2,178 in 2004/05.
  • The number of receptions for persons who were imprisoned for defaulting on payment of a fine fell by 11 per cent from 6,888 in 2003/04 to 6,098 in 2004/05.