Government Sources

Ministry of Justice
The Ministry of Justice is responsible for courts, prisons, probation, criminal law and sentencing, and this site provides access to a wide range of news, information and statistics on all these topics published since its creation in 2007.

The Offender Management Caseload Statistics contain statistics relating to offenders who are in prison or who have been dealt with by means of a Community Order. The latest quarterly statistics can be accessed at:

Weekly and monthly figures on the population in custody may be accessed at:

Statistics about reoffending by offenders released from custody and given other disposals can be found at:

Home Office
Provides access to a wide range of information about the criminal justice system and government policies, including penal matters in the period prior to 9 May 2007.