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Prisoners: Children

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many serving prisoners have children; and how many children have a parent currently serving a prison sentence. (160118)

Information on the family responsibilities of prisoners is not collated centrally. Some information is available from a survey of 1,945 prisoners undertaken in 2003, 45 per cent. of all prisoners had dependent children (including step-children) aged 17 and under: 50 per cent. of women prisoners; 20 per cent. of young offenders (males between 18 and 20); and 48 per cent. of adult males.