Young Offenders: Prison Accommodation

Justice written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of David Burrowes David Burrowes Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female young offenders aged 10 to 17 years old were held within an adult prison in the last 12 months.

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

Juvenile prisoners are usually held in designated juvenile units and prisons. In exceptional individual circumstances juveniles may be held separately within over-18 accommodation for a short period.

Detailed information on whether any under 18s were being held in over-18s accommodation in each of the last 12 months could only be provided by manual checking of individual prisoner records at disproportionate cost.

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