7% in the total committals
to prison, the overall daily average number of prisoners in custody has continued to fall.
Official figures show there were nearly 15,000 committals to the end of November, - 1,000 fewer than in the same period last year.
Prison sources believe committals from courts will fall significantly in 2014, and predict the final number may be around 15,800.
Women have consistently been under-represented in the number of committals on conviction to prison each year since the foundation of the State.
The ratio of male to female committals from 1924 to 2007 is shown below in Figure 5.
The old practice of having oral committals has virtually been abolished and accused people are dispatched to the Crown court.
Under the old procedure of oral committals, witnesses were tested and many a charge was dismissed.
1861 and 1891; the role of the police in committals
in Victoria, Australia between 1848 and 1900; a study of Berlin's Wittenauer Heilstaetten asylum between 1919 and 1960; a survey of South Carolina's Lunatic Asylum and State Hospital from 1828 to 1920; the relationship between the state, the family and the insane in Japan from 1900 to 1945; the limits of reform in psychiatry in The Argentine from 1890 to 1946; mental health in revolutionary Mexico between 1910 and 1930; and psychiatry and confinement in India, in Nigeria and in Ireland.
Mr Wooler said inspectors would be keeping committals under review and reassessing the situation with the police inspectorate in a year's time.
The CPS and police will build upon this to address the concern, expressed in the report, on the issue of discharged committals," said Mr Blundell
Two senior judges made plain that in such cases committals
to prison should be adjourned until those at risk have been properly warned and the sentencing magistrates know the up-to-date situation.
There were 9,000 committals
to prison last year for failure to pay fines, nearly five years after new laws were enacted making imprisonment for defaulting a "last resort".