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Youth Custody

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 28th November 2014.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2014 to Question 215244, what proportion of the overall number of offenders in youth custody in each year since May 2010 came from each of the ethnic groups listed in that Answer.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Table 1 shows the proportion of offenders aged under 18 in youth custody by breakdown of ethnicity in each year since April 2010 based on the monthly average custody population. The table also includes proportions of young people in custody that are of White ethnicity and the proportions of young people whose ethnicity is not available.

Table 1: Average proportion of young offenders under 18 in youth secure estate by breakdown of ethnic groups in each financial year, 2010/11 to 2013/14.

Ethnicity

Breakdown of Ethnicity

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14*

Asian

Bangladeshi

0.9%

1.3%

1.3%

1.1%

Indian

0.2%

0.2%

0.6%

0.5%

Other Asian

4.2%

4.1%

3.4%

4.0%

Pakistani

1.0%

1.2%

1.3%

1.4%

Asian Total

6.3%

6.7%

6.7%

6.9%

Black

African

4.5%

5.0%

7.3%

6.9%

Caribbean

6.3%

5.2%

7.1%

6.4%

Other Black

6.4%

5.5%

6.7%

8.1%

Black Total

17.2%

15.7%

21.0%

21.3%

Mixed

Other Mixed

1.7%

1.7%

2.2%

2.6%

White/Asian

0.6%

0.5%

0.7%

0.8%

White/Black African

0.7%

0.9%

1.0%

0.8%

White/Black Caribbean

3.0%

2.9%

4.8%

4.5%

Mixed Total

6.0%

6.1%

8.7%

8.7%

Other

Chinese

0.2%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

Other

0.0%

0.0%

0.8%

1.1%

Other Total

0.2%

0.1%

0.9%

1.1%

Not Available

6.4%

9.5%

3.5%

2.8%

White

63.9%

61.9%

59.1%

59.1%

Grand Total

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

* Data for 2013/14 is provisional and will be finalised in the 2013/14 Youth Justice Statistics in January 2015.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.

The slightly increasing trend in the proportions of young offenders in custody coming from Asian, Black, Mixed and Other ethnic groups may be partially explained by a decrease in the proportion of young people of ethnicity stated as Not Available (a decrease by 2.3% between 2009/10 and 2013/14). This is likely to be due to improved recording systems.

It is important to note that there have been decreases in the absolute numbers of Black and Minority Ethnic young offenders in custody between 2010/11 and 2013/14 for most ethnic groups.

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