CILIP, (October 2015) Prison libraries briefing
The purpose of this briefing is to provide information about prison library services in England and Wales. It provides information about the legislative framework which governs the operation of prison libraries and how prison libraries are funded. It includes key statistics about prisons in England and Wales including the prison population. This briefing covers the role of prison libraries and prison librarians and the difference they make to the lives of prisoners their families and the wider community.
For current statistics on prisons and the prisoner population for England and Wales visit Ministry of Justice website. [link]