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Borstal Trainees (Classification)

Volume 981: debated on Thursday 27 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the categories by which inmates of borstal establishments are classified; and what are the classes of offence which result in offenders being placed in each category.

Borstal trainees are allocated either to closed or to open establishments. The allocation decision does not depend entirely on the offence; but serious violence, arson or sex offences normally result in allocation to closed conditions while those convicted of theft, burglary and similar offences normally go to open conditions.