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Young Persons (Custodial Sentences)

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many males and females under 17 years of age, and aged 17 and under 21 years, were respectively, sentenced to (a) borstals, (b) prison sentences of six months or less, and (c) prison sentences of three years or more in each of the past three years.

Information on the number of persons in these age groups sentenced to borstal training, immediate imprisonment, or suspended imprisonment is published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales"—tables 1(c), 1(d), 5(c) and 5(d)—of the volume for 1978—Cmnd. 7670. Information on the number of persons aged 17 and under 21 given in the specified sentences of imprisonment is given in the following

BORSTAL TRAINEES UNDER THE AGE OF 17 IN LOCAL PRISONS* ON 31 AUGUST 1979: BY AGE AND TIME IN CUSTODY IN A LOCAL PRISON SINCE DATE OF SENTENCE
Number of persons
Time in custody in local prisons
Local prisonsMalesFemalesUp to and including 1 monthOver 1 month up to and including 2 months
Birmingham
Age 1633
Leeds
Age 1511
Age 1611101
Lincoln
Age 1622
Liverpool
Age 1611
Total18171
* Holloway prison has been excluded as it contains special accommodation where borstal trainees can serve the whole of their sentence.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many 14 to 16-year-old (a) boys and (b) girls were in borstal at the latest available date.

On 31 August 1979, 817 boys and 27 girls aged 14 to 16 were serving sentences in borstals in England and Wales.

table; persons aged under 17 cannot be sentenced to imprisonment.

PERSONS AGED 17 AND UNDER 21 SENTENCED TO CERTAIN LENGTHS OF IMPRISONMENT IN ALL COURTS

England and Wales 1976–78

Number of persons

Immediate

Suspended

*

Up to and including 6 months

3 years and over

Up to and including 6 months

Males:
19762,6997384,062
19773,3946564,288
19783,9207344,718
Females:
197620312477
197721912572
197826818658

* The maximum length of suspended sentence is two years.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) boys and (b) girls sentenced to borstal training were in local prisons at the latest available date; at which prisons they were located; what their ages were; and how long they have been in prison.