Prisons: Young Offenders

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many 18 to 20 year-olds were accommodated in the prison service in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; and of those what proportion were not accommodated in young offender institutions in each of those years.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

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 information requested is included in the following table:

Date Total 18-20 Year-Olds Proportion held in dedicated YOI Proportion held in dual-designated HMP and YOI
June 2008 8,709 63% 37%
June 2009 8,706 66% 34%
June 2010 8,526 62% 38%
June 2011 7,885 60% 40%

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.

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