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Prisoners: Young Offender Institutions

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the average population was in young offender institutions in each year since 1997. (144145)

The average population in young offender institutions in England and Wales in each year from 1997 to 2005 is shown in the following table.

Population in young offender institutions

Number

1997

7,834

1998

8,505

1999

8,344

2000

8,439

2001

8,565

2002

8,779

2003

8,424

2004

8,294

2005

8,243

The figures were taken from web table 8.10 of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin: Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2005. This can be found at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs07/hosb1806section8.xls

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.