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Prisoners

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners under 21-years-old there were in each week since 26 January 2007. (180290)

Data on the prison population, including a breakdown by age, are published monthly on the Ministry of Justice website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/populationincustody.htm

The following table shows the number of young people held in prison establishments as at the end of each month since January 2007:

Monthly published totals of young persons held in all prison establishments in England and Wales: January to December 2007

15 to 17-year-olds

Young adults1

January

2,385

9,276

February

2,418

9,286

March

2,413

9,311

April

2,402

9,425

May

2,450

9,364

June

2,428

9,455

July

2,472

9,418

August

2,473

9,545

September

2,485

9,533

October

2,441

9,544

November

2,357

9,542

December

not yet available

1 Young adults are those aged 18 to 20 and those 21-year-olds who were aged 20 or under at conviction who have not yet been reclassified as part of the adult population.

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.