Young Offenders

Home Department written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Mr Simon Thomas Mr Simon Thomas Chief Whip, Spokesperson (Agriculture; Culture; Environment; Heritage; International Development; Sustainable Energy; Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the longest period of time that a young offender has been in solitary confinement is since 1997.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

The Prison Service does not restrain prisoners in 'Solitary Confinement'. Prisoners and young offenders can either be subject to segregation procedures, or they can be held in 'Special Accommodation' (special cells or unfurnished cells).

The length of time that young offenders are held in special accommodation is not collated centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

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