Prisons: Young People

Justice written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Rudi Vis Rudi Vis Labour, Finchley and Golders Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juvenile sentenced receptions there were in to (a) prisons, (b) local authority units and (c) secure training centres in England and Wales for (i) less than one month, (ii) between one and three months, (iii) between three and six months and (iv) between six and 12 months in each of the last five years.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The figures for (a), the number of juveniles received under sentence into all prison establishments in England and Wales can be found in the following table.

Sentence length 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Less than or equal to one month 26 48 55 76 108
Greater than one month and less than or equal to three months 931 32 162 200 239
Greater than three months and less than or equal to six months 2,411 2,141 2,257 2,361 2,246
Greater than six months and less than 12 months 967 876 867 854 864

For (b), local authority secure children's homes, and (c) secure training centres, data to provide the figures in the form requested are not available. Obtaining the information would involve extensive manual work on individual case files which would constitute disproportionate cost.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

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