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Young Offender Institutions: Mental Health

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of prisoners (a) in the young offender institution (YOI) estate and (b) in Feltham YOI in 2006 who had been diagnosed with a (i) mental illness and (ii) personality disorder. (126886)

The information requested is not held centrally.

In the study “Mental Health Needs and Effectiveness of Provision for Young Offenders in Custody and in the Community” (Prof. Richard Harrington and Prof. Sue Bailey, Youth Justice Board for England and Wales 2005), 31 per cent. of young offenders were identified as having a mental health problem.