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Women’s local data resource

We have produced a range of local resources to help inform understanding of local trends in the use of imprisonment for women in England and Wales.

These resources are intended to encourage informed debate about the operation of the criminal justice system at a local level and the steps all decision-makers can take to reduce re-offending, protect the public and improve outcomes for women in their area.

They include:

  • An interactive map showing the rates of imprisonment for women in England and Wales by Police Force Area.
  • ‘At a glance’ data tables summarising the use of custody for each local Police Force Area between 2014–2019.
  • Fact sheets for every police force area of England and Wales.

If you think anything is missing, or you would like to discuss the data for your area in more detail please contact the team at

Imprisonment rates for women by Police Force Area, 2019

Our analysis has found a significant north-south divide in rates of women’s imprisonment in England and Wales.

Local court data reveals a postcode lottery in women’s imprisonment rates, with women in the north of England, the Midlands and parts of Wales far more likely to end up behind bars than those in the south of England. For instance, women in South Wales are nearly seven times more likely to be imprisoned than women in Surrey.

You can explore the different imprisonment rates for women in each Police Force Area in England and Wales by using the interactive map below.

The data

We have also produced a number of ‘at a glance’ data tables that summarise the local picture for women in the criminal justice system in England and Wales.

The data tables rank each Police Force Area from highest to lowest, summarise trends over time and set out the percentage change from 2014–2019.

Police Force Area factsheets

We have also produced factsheets on the use of imprisonment for women in every police force area of England and Wales.

Each factsheet provides information on recent trends in the use of immediate custody for women, regional comparisons and a breakdown of the offence types for which women are sent to prison.

To support ease of navigation the fact sheets are organised regionally.