Young Offender Institutions accommodate sentenced prisoners aged from 15 to 21. During 2005, a total of 17,819 sentenced young offenders were received into prison establishments in England and Wales, including 5,175 aged under 18. These figures can be found in table 7.6 of Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2005 a copy of which can be found in the House of Commons Library and on the Home Office website: www.homeoffice.gov.uk. The corresponding figures for 2006 will be published later this year.
We do not currently have consistent data to compare releases with receptions but expect to have reliable data for 2007 in early 2008.
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.