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Prisons: Young People

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juvenile sentenced receptions there were in to (a) prisons, (b) local authority units and (c) secure training centres in England and Wales for (i) less than one month, (ii) between one and three months, (iii) between three and six months and (iv) between six and 12 months in each of the last five years. (173546)

The figures for (a), the number of juveniles received under sentence into all prison establishments in England and Wales can be found in the following table.

Sentence length

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Less than or equal to one month

26

48

55

76

108

Greater than one month and less than or equal to three months

931

32

162

200

239

Greater than three months and less than or equal to six months

2,411

2,141

2,257

2,361

2,246

Greater than six months and less than 12 months

967

876

867

854

864

For (b), local authority secure children’s homes, and (c) secure training centres, data to provide the figures in the form requested are not available. Obtaining the information would involve extensive manual work on individual case files which would constitute disproportionate cost.

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.