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Youth Justice

Justice written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

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.

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

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
2001 90,180
2002 89,277
2003 83,621
2004 88,635
2005 96,252
2006 107,680
2007 110,815
2008 100,444
2009 80,314
2010 62,504
2011 45,519
(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.

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