NOTA response to the House of Commons Justice Committee inquiry on Ageing prison population

NOTA has submitted a response to the Government consultation in relation to issues raised by the ageing prison population.

The proportion of people in prison aged over 60 is expected to rise

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/justice-committee/news-parliament-2017/ageing-prison-population-launch-17-19/

The number of people in prison aged over 50 is projected to grow from 13,616 in June 2018, to 14,100 (3.6% increase) in June 2022.

The number over 60 is projected to grow from 5,009 to 5,600 (12% increase) over the same period, and those aged over 70 from 1,681 to 2,000 (19% increase).

The proportion of people aged over 60 is also expected to rise as a proportion of the total prison population.

These projections result from more offenders aged 50 and over being sent to prison than are being released – driven by increases in sexual offence proceedings since 2012.

Offenders are also receiving longer sentences, which also raises the numbers turning 50, 60 or 70 while in custody.

NOTA – Older offenders consultation document submitted to House of Commons Justice Committee inquiry on Ageing prison population 30 09 2019

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