Young Offender Institutions: Deaths

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th July 2013.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people aged 18 to 21 have died whilst detained in a young offender institution in the last five years; and how many of those young people had previously spent any period in a young offender institution or a secure training centre as a juvenile.

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People aged 21 years may be held in either a Young Offender Institute or in an adult prison. Where a site is shared between a Young Offender Institute and an adult prison, records are not held to identify in which part of the site the deceased was detained. Instead, figures are provided for all offenders detained in prison custody who were aged 18 to 21 years at the time of their death.

There were 38 deaths of people aged 18 to 21 years while in prison custody between 2008 and 2012. Of these 38 deaths, 14 were of 21 year olds in an adult prison, or a site shared between an adult prison and a YOI.

A breakdown by calendar year is shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Deaths of people aged 18-21 years in prison custody, England and Wales, 2008-2012
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Number of people 9 11 5 10 3

Of these, 14 are known to have previously spent a period of time in a Young Offender Institute or Secure Training Centre as a Young Person.

Statistics on deaths in prison custody are published in the Safety in Custody statistics bulletin, which can be accessed at publications/safety-in-custody

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