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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people entered the youth justice system for the first time in each year between 1996-97 and 2010-11.
Figures for the number juvenile first time entrants to the criminal justice system in England and Wales are given in the table. The figures cover the years 2000-01 to 2010-11 and are taken from Table Q7.3 of the Criminal Justice Statistics Quarterly Update to March 2011 which can be found at
Figure for years before 2000-01 are not available.
These figures have been drawn from the police's administrative IT system, the police national computer, which, as with any large scale recording system, is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the police.
|Number of first time entrants aged between 10 and 17 to the criminal justice system (1) in England and Wales, 12 months ending March 2001 to 12 months ending March 2011|
|12 month period to the end of March||Number of offenders|
|(1 )Offenders recorded on the police national computer by an English or Welsh police force or by the British Transport police operating in England and Wales as having received their first conviction, reprimand or warning.|