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Young Offender Institutions: Violence

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prisoner on prisoner assaults, (b) riots and (c) assaults on staff there were at each young offender institution in England and Wales in each of the last five years. (168551)

The response to part (a) of the question is provided in the following table which refers to the number of individual assault incidents:

YOI

Type

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Ashfield

Prisoner on Prisoner

429

271

304

500

625

Aylesbury

Prisoner on Prisoner

44

26

21

78

80

Brinsford

Prisoner on Prisoner

281

304

326

344

187

Castington

Prisoner on Prisoner

363

312

384

361

360

Deerbolt

Prisoner on Prisoner

154

167

205

164

152

Feltham

Prisoner on Prisoner

459

569

576

549

476

Glen Parva

Prisoner on Prisoner

222

241

230

269

341

Hindley

Prisoner on Prisoner

88

177

63

112

348

Huntercombe

Prisoner on Prisoner

44

77

79

95

184

Lancaster Farms

Prisoner on Prisoner

130

17

185

435

363

Northallerton

Prisoner on Prisoner

80

82

84

104

82

Onley1

Prisoner on Prisoner

516

509

161

152

153

Portland

Prisoner on Prisoner

71

61

125

154

127

Reading

Prisoner on Prisoner

7

23

25

76

57

Rochester

Prisoner on Prisoner

32

51

102

78

100

Stoke Heath

Prisoner on Prisoner

241

137

239

438

506

Swinfen Hall1

Prisoner on Prisoner

127

110

96

104

89

Thorn Cross

Prisoner on Prisoner

56

39

7

19

143

Warren Hill

Prisoner on Prisoner

93

162

256

268

Werrington

Prisoner on Prisoner

114

129

104

139

143

Wetherby

Prisoner on Prisoner

41

175

414

492

403

1 In 2004 Onley and Swinfen Hall were re-rolled to also hold adults. The change in population may be expected to be reflected in the number of assaults.

In respect of part (b) of the question the term ‘riot’ is not employed in the recording of incidents. The recording of ‘acts of concerted indiscipline’ is undertaken and applied to an incident where two or more prisoners act together in defiance of a lawful instruction or against the requirements of the regime including passive acts. The following table provides this information in financial years.

YOI

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Ashfield

2

3

0

0

1

Aylesbury

1

0

0

0

1

Brinsford

2

0

0

0

1

Castington

4

2

1

2

3

Deerbolt

1

3

2

3

1

Feltham

2

1

3

3

7

Glen Parva

1

1

1

0

0

Hindley

0

0

0

0

0

Huntercombe

1

2

1

0

2

Lancaster Farms

0

1

5

1

5

Northallerton

1

1

1

6

1

Onley1

0

1

0

Portland

3

0

0

2

0

Reading

3

1

0

0

0

Rochester

1

0

1

0

0

Stoke Heath

2

0

2

1

5

Swinfen Hall1

0

0

0

Thorn Cross

0

0

1

0

0

Warren Hill

0

0

0

0

Werrington

1

1

0

1

2

Wetherby

3

2

1

3

1

1 In 2004 Onley and Swinfen Hall were re-rolled to also hold adults. The change in population may be expected to be reflected in the number of assaults.

The information requested in part (c) of the question is provided in the following table.

This table refers to prisoner on officer and prisoner on other (a smaller category which may also include assaults on visitors as well as other staff).

YOI

Assault type

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Ashfield

Prisoner on Staff

131

70

90

180

136

Aylesbury

Prisoner on Staff

12

15

6

17

18

Brinsford

Prisoner on Staff

32

39

34

19

10

Castington

Prisoner on Staff

59

56

57

50

46

Deerbolt

Prisoner on Staff

11

6

28

33

22

Feltham

Prisoner on Staff

84

103

173

138

118

Glen Parva

Prisoner on Staff

43

29

39

31

45

Hindley

Prisoner on Staff

33

27

14

32

58

Huntercombe

Prisoner on Staff

15

19

15

15

33

Lancaster Farms

Prisoner on Staff

21

9

28

47

56

Northallerton

Prisoner on Staff

10

19

22

14

9

Onley1

Prisoner on Staff

75

98

15

29

32

Portland

Prisoner on Staff

25

16

39

40

42

Reading

Prisoner on Staff

6

7

16

16

12

Rochester

Prisoner on Staff

5

16

18

23

13

Stoke Heath

Prisoner on Staff

51

20

39

56

69

Swinfen Hall1

Prisoner on Staff

8

9

4

10

10

Thorn Cross

Prisoner on Staff

1

4

1

1

4

Warren Hill

Prisoner on Staff

12

21

34

42

Werrington

Prisoner on Staff

5

24

19

19

22

Wetherby

Prisoner on Staff

9

14

77

72

60

1 In 2004 Onley and Swinfen Hall were re-rolled to also hold adults. The change in population may be expected to be reflected in the number of assaults.