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Youth Custody: Enfield

Justice written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Love Andrew Love Labour, Edmonton

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders aged 18 to 20 from the London borough of Enfield have been held in (a) young offender institutions, (b) local prisons, (c) women's prisons and (d) other parts of the secure estate in each month since May 2009.

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

All young offenders serving sentences of DYOI are held in appropriately designated YOI accommodation within the prison estate. The majority of this accommodation is in dedicated YOIs, although some establishments in the estate have a dual designation (designated both as a prison and a YOI) and hold both adult prisoners and young offenders.

The following table shows the number of remand or convicted unsentenced and convicted and sentenced male and female prisoners aged 18 to 20-years-old with a recorded residential address or proxy in the London borough of Enfield who were held in predominant function male young offender institutions, predominant function male local prisons, all female prisons and the rest of the male estate on a set day in each month where data are available since May 2009.

Number and location of male and female young adult offenders (aged 18 to 20) originating from London borough of Enfield
  2009 2010 2011
Location May September November January March May Jul y September
(a) Male young offender institutions 51 34 27 29 30 24 23 36
(b) Male local prisons 7 7 <5 <5 <5 5 <5 <5
(c) Female prisons <5 <5 <5 <5 <5 <5 <5 <5
(d) Rest of the male estate <5 <5 <5 5 5 5 8 6

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Information on a prisoner's residence is provided by prisoners on reception into prison and recorded on a central IT system. Addresses can include a prisoner's home address, an address to which they intend to return on discharge or next of kin address and these figures are provided in the above table.

If no address is given, a prisoner's committal court address is used as a proxy for the area in which a prisoner is resident. These figures are also included in the table above. No address has been recorded and no court information is available for around 3% of all prisoners, these figures are excluded from the table.

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