Prison population remanded in custody, as a proportion of overall prison population


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Headline data

Source: Ministry of Justice

Geographical Area: England and Wales

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: Annual data shown are based on the prison population at 30 June of each year. Data prior to 2009 is available from the source but is not presented here due to a change in the data series.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available

Prison population remanded in custody, as a proportion of overall prison population

Indicator description

The total number of persons held in detention who have not yet been sentenced, as a percentage of the total number of persons held in detention, on a specified date.

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


Remand – Until a prisoner is convicted, in theory they should be treated as innocent until proven guilty. Prisoners in custody on remand are those awaiting commencement or continuation of trial prior to verdict. This category also includes those prisoners that are convicted unsentenced. These are prisoners that have been convicted but are still waiting to be sentenced.

Sentenced – Those held in custody as a result of receiving a sentence in a criminal court. Persons committed for default of a fine are normally included in this group. It should be noted that immediate custodial sentenced numbers do not include fine defaulters.

Available disaggregations

(Number of remanded detainees in their given group / prison population in their given group) * 100

Other information

For more information about these data, including quality and methodology please see the Guide to offender management statistics. An explanation of the recent increase in the proportion of prisoners remanded in custody can be found in Offender management statistics quarterly - January to March 2021. Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 28 April 2022
Metadata last updated 28 April 2022

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Unsentenced detainees as a proportion of overall prison population

Target name

Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

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Ministry of Justice



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

England and Wales

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Release date 29 July 2021
Next release


Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

Other information

Data acquired from the Annual Prison Population tables (A1.7 and A1.11).

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