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Youth Custody

Justice written question – answered on 13th March 2012.

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Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Labour, Cardiff South and Penarth

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young adult offenders aged 18 to 20 from each local authority area in Wales have been held in (a) young offender institutions, (b) local prisons and (c) 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 sentenced to detention in a young offender institution (DYOI), which is the most common custodial sentence for this age group, 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 offenders aged 18 to 20-years-old with a recorded residential address or proxy in each local authority area in Wales who were held in predominant function male young offender institutions, predominant function male local prisons and other prisons (including female prisons) on a set day in each month where data are available since May 2009.

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 offenders' residences is provided by offenders on reception into prison and recorded on a central IT system. Addresses can include a home address, an address to which offenders intend to return on discharge or next of kin address and these figures are provided in the table. If no address is given, an offender's committal court address is used as a proxy for the area in which they are resident. These figures are also included in the table. No address has been recorded and no court information is available for around 3% of all offenders, these figures are excluded from the table.

Number and location of male and female young adult offenders (aged 18-20) originating from each local authority area in Wales
    2009 2010 2011 2012
Originating local authority area in Wales Predominant function May Sep Nov Jan Mar May Jul Sep Nov Jan
Anglesey (a) Male young offender institutions 3 2 2 1
  (b) Male local prisons 2 2 3 1 1 1 2
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 1 1
                       
Blaenau Gwent (a) Male young offender institutions 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  (b) Male local prisons 1 4 7 6 7 14 11 8 13
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 1 2 1
                       
Bridgend (a) Male young offender institutions 2 1 1
  (b) Male local prisons 7 5 5 9 7 10 4 11 6 8
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 3 2 3 4 3 3 2 2 1
                       
Caerphilly (a) Male young offender institutions 1 1
  (b) Male local prisons 16 13 7 6 7 10 5 7 6 4
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 2 1 1 1 1 1
                       
Cardiff (a) Male young offender institutions 17 33 16 12 11 7 7 7 7 8
  (b) Male local prisons 137 106 104 105 97 110 118 105 97 90
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 5 10 11 7 5 6 5 5 3 5
Carmarthenshire (b) Male local prisons 6 8 6 7 8 12 10 13 10 11
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 1 2 1 1
                       
Ceredigion (a) Male young offender institutions 1 1 1 1
  (b) Male local prisons 2 1
                       
Conwy (a) Male young offender institutions 12 7 4 4 3 2 2 8 1 3
  (b) Male local prisons 4 4 11 6 5 7 7 8 6 4
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 1 1 1 2 1 1 3 2
                       
Denbighshire (a) Male young offender institutions 7 11 7 5 3 3 4 5 3 2
  (b) Male local prisons 12 4 6 10 4 5 3 2 1 3
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 1 1 1 3 5
                       
Flintshire (a) Male young offender institutions 9 15 11 7 8 12 10 13 8 6
  (b) Male local prisons 19 8 10 15 15 10 15 17 16 11
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 1 2 4 2 4 5 3 2 9 6
                       
Gwynedd (a) Male young offender institutions 10 10 9 6 5 9 10 6 5 4
  (b) Male local prisons 8 9 11 7 6 4 4 3 1 9
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 1 1 1 2 3 1 2 4 1
                       
Isle of Anglesey (a) Male young offender institutions 4
                       
Merthyr Tydfil (a) Male young offender institutions 2 13 8 4 1 4 4 4 4 5
  (b) Male local prisons 29 39 42 36 36 39 42 36 40 43
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 3 1 5 5 5 3 2 6
                       
Monmouthshire (b) Male local prisons 2 1 1 2 3 1 2
                       
Neath Port Talbot (a) Male young offender institutions 2 1 2 2 1 3 2 3
  (b) Male local prisons 4 5 7 6 7 8 5 7 8 8
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 2 2 3 3 2 1 2 3 3
                       
Newport (a) Male young offender institutions 6 5 3 3 5 3 3 4 1 4
  (b) Male local prisons 33 24 22 12 16 13 21 23 26 24
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 1 4 3 3 2 1 2 3 3
                       
Pembrokeshire (a) Male young offender institutions 1 1
  (b) Male local prisons 4 1 4 4 5 4 1 5
                       
Powys (a) Male young offender institutions 6 3 3 3 2 2 1 3 2 2
  (b) Male local prisons 2 2 1 3 3 2 1 4
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 4 1
                       
Rhondda (a) Male young offender institutions 6 6 6 5 5 3 3 3 3
  (b) Male local prisons 11 8 9 11 10 11 10 18 15
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 2 2 1 1 2 2
                       
Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (a) Male young offender institutions 3
  (b) Male local prisons 28
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 2
                       
Swansea (a) Male young offender institutions 6 7 9 6 7 8 5 2 1 2
  (b) Male local prisons 63 50 46 51 49 51 52 52 55 46
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 6 8 6 6 3 2 3 3 6 4
                       
The Vale of Glamorgan (a) Male young offender institutions 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 2
  (b) Male local prisons 3 8 10 6 9 10 3 9 8 5
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 1 2 1 3 1 1 1
                       
Torfaen (a) Male young offender institutions 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
  (b) Male local prisons 3 4 5 3 4 5 1 3 2 8
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 1
                       
Wrexham (a) Male young offender institutions 22 14 9 9 10 8 5 6 2
  (b) Male local prisons 4 4 5 6 3 7 7 5 6 7
  (c) Other prisons (including female prisons) 1 2 1 1 2 2 4 2 7 7

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