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Remand change proposals

The way defendants are held on remand in jail should be overhauled to ensure costly prison places are not being used unnecessarily, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has said.

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Statistics on remand prisoners

  • Almost a fifth (17%) of defendants held on remand were acquitted, and nearly a quarter (24%) were handed a non-custodial sentence.
  • Over two-fifths (42%) of remanded prisoners were released from jail immediately, either as a consequence of not being proceeded against, being acquitted, or receiving a non-custodial sentence.

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