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Juveniles (Detention)

Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unconvicted and unsentenced juveniles were detained in (a) adult prisons and (b) remand centres on the most recent convenient date.

On 31 August 1981, 35 untried and convicted unsentenced juveniles were detained in adult prisons and 243 in remand centres in England and Wales.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the highest number of unconvicted and unsentenced juveniles in custody on any day so far in 1981; and how this compares with the highest figure recorded in 1980.

The information available on the total numbers of untried and convicted unsentenced juveniles in prison department establishments in England and Wales relates to the end of calendar months. The highest such total in 1980 was 381, on 31 March, in 1981, up to the end of August, was 321, on 31 May.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juveniles were received into (a) adult prisons and (b) remand centres in 1980; and of these, how many were subsequently found not guilty and how many received a non-custodial sentence.

Of the 3,300 juveniles first received as untried or convicted unsentenced into prison department establishments in England and Wales in 1980 approximately 3,200 were initially received into remand centres and 100 into adult prisons. The latest information available on the ultimate disposal of these juveniles is published in table 2.2 of "Prison statistics, England and Wales 1980", Cmnd. 8372.