Young Offender Institutions: Visits

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 3rd November 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young people aged between 18 and 20 (a) are currently on closed visits and (b) have been placed on closed visits in the last 12 months at (i) HMP/YOI Moorland, (ii) HMYOI Aylesbury, (iii) HMYOI Swinfen Hall, (iv) HMP/YOI Portland and (v) HMP/YOI Parc.

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

The table below provides the numbers of young people aged between 18 and 20 (officially classed as Young Adult prisoners) (a) on closed visits on 27 October 2015 and (b) placed on closed visits in the 12 months up to and including 27 October 2015 at (i) HMP/YOI Moorland, (ii) HMYOI Aylesbury, (iii) HMYOI Swinfen Hall, (iv) HMP/YOI Portland and (v) HMP/YOI Parc.

Table 1: Number of Young Adults (aged 18-20) on closed visits

Establishment

As at 27 Oct 2015

12 Months to 27 Oct 2015

Moorland

2

15

Aylesbury

27

115

Swinfen Hall

3

8

Portland

2

7

Parc

2

4

Note to table

  • The number provided for Young Adults (aged 18-20) on closed visits in the 12 months to 27 October 2015 includes those on closed visits on that date.
  • The data on closed visits is not collated centrally; it has been provided by individual establishments for the purpose of answering this question.

Closed visits - where no physical contact is allowed between the prisoner and the visitor - may be used to prevent the smuggling of contraband such as drugs and mobile phones, which can impact the good order and discipline of an establishment.

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