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Young Offenders

Justice written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Labour, Feltham and Heston

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many young offenders there are in young offenders institutions aged (a) 15 years, (b) 16 years and (c) 17 years old;

(2) what the average length of time spent in a young offenders institution was for offenders aged (a) 15, (b) 16 and (c) 17 years in the latest period for which figures are available.

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

As at 31 March 2012 the prison population in England and Wales included (a) 61 15-year-olds; (b) 360 16-year-olds; and (c) 961 17-year-olds.

The following table shows the average time served in custody for offenders aged 15 to 17 released from determinate sentences in 2011.

  15 16 17
All determinate sentences 3.9 4.7 5.3
Less than or equal to 6 months 2.3 2.6 2.7
More than 6 months to less than 12 months 4.4 4.2 4.6
12 months to less than 4 years 7.5 8.7 9.0
4 years or more n/a 25.7 27.2
(1) Age at time of discharge. Note: Time served in months and includes any time on remand.

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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