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Youth Custody

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which secure youth establishments have (a) been closed, (b) been decommissioned and (c) had their use altered, by capacity of establishment, since 1997.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

There has been a significant fall in the number of young people in custody and it makes sense to reduce capacity where places are not needed. However we will always ensure there are always places available for young people sentenced to custody by the courts.

The Youth Justice Board commissions places in young offender institutions, secure training centres and secure children's homes to ensure there are sufficient places to meet the demand.

Since April 2000, the YJB has fully withdrawn places commissioned for young people at the following young offenders institutions:

Establishment YJB commissioned places at withdrawal date
Portland 130
Brockhill 14
Onley 240
Bullwood Hall 30
Woodhill 8
Thorn Cross 60
Lancaster Farms 240
Brinsford 112
Castington 168
Huntercombe 270
Foston Hall 16
Stoke Heath 202
Ashfield 360

Following the withdrawal of the Youth Justice Board from these establishments, all of the above places were handed back to the National Offender Management Service and subsequently used to hold prisoners aged 18 and over.

On 2 July 2013 the YJB announced its full withdrawal from places commissioned for young people at the following young offenders institutions:

Establishment YJB commissioned places at withdrawal date
Downview 16
Eastwood Park 16
New Hall 9

Secure children's homes are owned and operated by local authorities who make any decisions about use of places. Since 2000, the YJB has ceased to contract with secure children's homes at:

Secure children's home YJB commissioned places at withdrawal date
Brunel 6
Leverton 2
Redsands 4
Stoke House 4
Briar's Hey 7
Clare Lodge 8
Dales House 8
St John's Tiffield 8
Stamford House 20
Thornbury House 7
Dyson House 16
Orchard Lodge 16
Sutton Place 8
Atkinson 3
Kyloe House 3

Information on changes in the under-18 estate prior to the Youth Justice Board commissioning the secure estate in 2000 is not available.

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