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Youth Custody

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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

There has been a welcome and continued fall in the number of young people in custody. We always seek to reduce capacity and save money when places are not needed whilst ensuring that young people can continue to be placed safely.

The following table shows the (a) average capacity and (b) average population of the youth secure estate in each financial year from 2000-01 to 2012-13 inclusive for the youth secure estate, (i) excluding 18-year-olds and (ii) including 18-year-olds that remain within the youth secure estate.

  Average capacity (beds commissioned) Average secure estate population (under 18's) Average secure estate population (inc. 18-year-olds)
2000-01 3,260 2,807 3,011
2001-02 3,373 2,801 3,190
2002-03 3,487 3,029 3,451
2003-04 3,456 2,771 3,151
2004-05 3,193 2,745 3,125
2005-06 3,300 2,830 3,177
2006-07 3,474 2,914 3,235
2007-08 3,485 2,932 3,208
2008-09 3,503 2,881 3,049
2009-10 3,507 2,418 2,670
2010-11 2,954 2,040 2,222
2011-12 2,567 1,963 2,141
2012-13(1) 2,491 (1)1,561 (1)1,727
(1 )Population figures for 2012-13 are provisional, the 2012-13 figures will be finalised in the 2012-13 Youth Justice Statistics. Notes: 1. Data has not been collected by the Youth Justice Board for 1997-99 as the board only came into existence in 1998 and started data collection in 2000 2. The population figures are an average of 12 monthly snapshots of the custodial population, taken on the last Friday of the month or first Friday of the following month, depending on which is nearer to the actual month end. 3. Population figures prior to 2012-13 reflect published data where available, however some data may not exactly match the published data due to different extraction times. 4. Please note that although the YJB is only responsible for placing 10 to 17-year-olds, young people aged over 17 remain in the youth secure estate if they only have a short period of their sentence left to serve, to avoid disrupting their regimes 5. 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 and can be subject to change over time. Sources: 1. The Average capacity (Beds commissioned) data is supplied by the Secure Accommodation Directorate at the Youth Justice Board. 2. The Average Secure Estate population (under 18's) data is from two sources. From 2000-01 to June 2012 the data is sourced from the Secure Accommodation Clearing House System (SACHS) database and from July 2012 the data is sourced from eAsset, 3. The data for Average Secure Estate Population (inc. 18-year-olds) data is from the Youth Justice Board's daily Unlock reports.

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