Youth Custody

Justice written question – answered on 1st February 2010.

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Photo of David Burrowes David Burrowes Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2010, Official Report, column 1158W, on youth custody: manpower, what the ratio of staff to prisoners is in the (a) Down View, (b) Eastwood Park, (c) Foston Hall, (d) New Hall, (e) Parc and (f) Keppel Unit, Wetherby young offenders institution.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (also in Government Equalities Office), Minister of State (Government Equalities Office) (also in the Ministry of Justice)

The following table shows the staff to prisoner ratio for each of the establishments listed at 31 December 2009. The data have been drawn from administrative systems which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing and may be subject to change over time. The ratios relate to staff across the entire establishments and not just those parts which hold young offenders. The ratios are calculated as the number of unified staff, which consists of officers and operational managers, employed for each prisoner.

Officer and operational manager to prisoner ratios (as at 31 December 2009)
Establishment Unified staff Total population Ratio of unified staff to prisoners
Downview 131 340 2.6
Eastwood Park 162 259 1.6
Foston Hall 153 219 1.4
New Hall 221 356 1.6
Wetherby(1) 235 310 1.3
Parc(2) 286 1,156 4.0
(1) Figures for Keppel unit are not available, full establishment figures provided.

(2) Figures for Parc relate to 30 November 2009.

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