Youth Custody

Justice written question – answered at on 9 September 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were held in the youth secure estate on each night since 1 August 2011.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The table shows the number of young people held in the secure estate for children and young people on each week night for the period from 1 August 2011 to 5 September 2011.

Young people are defined as those aged 10 to 17 years of age, however some 18-year-olds remain in the secure estate for children and young people if they only have a short period of their sentence left to serve, to avoid disrupting their regimes (and are included in these figures). This data is from the Youth Justice Board (YJB) and refers to Secure Training Centres (STCs), Secure Children's Homes (SCHs), and Young Offender Institutions (YOIs). The data are drawn from the daily operational data provided by each establishment, and therefore does not include data on weekends or bank holidays. It also does not include 18 to 21-year-olds held in YOI separate units for which the YJB do not hold data.

Table 1: Number of young people held in the secure estate for children and young people on each week night from 1 August to 5 September 2011
Date Number
August  
1 2,117
2 2,117
3 2,116
4 2,107
5 2,104
6
7
8 2,095
9 2,099
10 2,094
11 2,129
12 2,144
13
14
15 2,181
16 2,209
17 2,234
18 2,254
19 2,245
20
21
22 2,243
23 2,265
24 2,253
25 2,245
26 2,243
27
28
29
30 2,258
31 2,247
   
September  
1 2,253
2 2,236
3
4
5 2,224
Notes: 1. 2011 YJB data referring to Secure Training Centres (STCs), Secure Children’s Homes (SCHs), and Young Offender Institutions (YOIs). The data is drawn from the daily operational data provided by each establishment, and therefore does not include data on weekends or bank holidays. It also does not include 18 to 21-year-olds held in YOI separate units for which the YJB do not hold data. 2. Young people are defined as those aged 10 to 17 years of age, however some 18-year-olds remain in the secure estate for children and young people if they only have a short period of their sentence left to serve, to avoid disrupting their regimes (and are included in these figures).

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