High Down Prison

Justice written question – answered on 8th May 2014.

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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

(1) how many prisoners in HM Prison High Down on 1 April 2014 there were (a) in total, (b) aged under 18, (c) aged 18 to 20 and (d) aged 21 or over;

(2) how many young adult prisoners were held in HM Prison High Down on 1 April (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013 and (d) 2014.

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

Data are held centrally on the prison population on the last day of each month, so figures have been provided as at 31 March. Table 1 provides the population by age group and Table 2 for those prisoners classed as young adults (18 to 20-year-olds).

Table 1: Population of HMP High Down by age group, 31st March 2014, England and Wales
  Number
Under 18 0
18-20 87
21 and Over 1,034
All 1,121
Table 2: Population of HMP High Down that are young adults1, as at 31 March 2011-14, England and Wales
  2011 2012 2013 2014
All 119 80 80 87
1 Young adults are those aged 18-20.

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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