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Young Offenders

Volume 245: debated on Thursday 20 November 1930

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asked the Home Secretary the number of persons between the ages of 16 and 21 that have been prosecuted during each of the last five years ended 30th September, 1930; how many were sent to prison on remand; how many were convicted; and how many were sentenced to terms of imprisonment?

Figures of proceedings against persons aged 16 to 21, or of convictions other than convictions upon indictment, are not separately recorded; but I would refer my hon. Friend to estimates given on pages 12 to 15 of the report of the Departmental Committee on the Treatment of Young Offenders, Command Paper 2831 of 1927. Statistics of such persons received under sentences of imprisonment are given in the annual reports of the Prison Commissioners. Statistics of those received under remand are available only for the year 1928, when a special table was prepared and published in the Commissioners' annual report, of which I am sending my hon. Friend a copy.

Number of Young Persons (16–21) committed to Manchester Prison from, Manchester Police Court from 1st January, 1926, to 31st October, 1930.
Offences.1926.1927.1928.1929.Ten months of 1930.Total.
Indictable offences
Various forms of larceny5241283734192
Burglary, housebreaking, etc141824201894
False pretences and other frauds1242211
Sexual offences4113110
Manslaughter, wounding, etc.123
Other offences11
Non-Indictable offences (akin to indictable).
Frequenting, etc.7979133
Malicious damage13116
Indecent exposure415
Other offences444113
Other non-indictable offences.
Offence against poor law11
Begging and sleeping out621312
Breach of police regulations1236
Offences in relation to railways11
Other offences10133111148
Disposal of cases.
Committed for trial or for Borstal sentences3334334217189
Sentenced to imprisonment2418510461
Fined and committed to prison in default19157151167
Fined and paid fine at Court11
Bound over232321201198
Committed to institutions for mental defectives.2142514
Returned to reformatory schools or Borstal institutions, etc.31318

asked the Home Secretary the number of youths between the ages of 16 to 21 that have been sent to prison by the Manchester magistrates during the last five years, and the nature of the offence in each case?

In the period of four years and 10 months from 1st January, 1926, to 31st October, 1930, the number of youths between the ages of 16 and 21 sent to prison from the Manchester City Police Court was 475. This figure includes those committed for trial or remitted for a Borstal sentence, those sentenced to imprisonment or committed in default of fines, or remanded to prison and subsequently dealt with under the Probation of Offenders Act and so on. The following table gives the figures for each of these classes and specifies the nature of the offences.