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S5W-03686: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many prisoners there have been and (b) what the prison capacity was in each year since 2006.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 2 November 2016

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows:

Year

Average Total Design Capacity

Average Prisoner Population

2006

6405

7027

2007

6899

7258

2008

7274

7761

2009

7470

7842

2010

7496

7806

2011

7287

7993

2012

7742

8136

2013

7820

7841

2014

8157

7795

2015

8088

7652

2016

7883*

7605

* Capacity at both Grampian and Cornton Vale reduced in-year. Shows actual capacity with effect from 1 September 2016.

The table provides the annual averages for design capacity and prisoner population.