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Custodial Treatment

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average distance was between the place of custody of (a) male prisoners, (b) female prisoners and (c) young offenders and recorded home address in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and how many of each category were detained more than (i) 50 and (ii) 100 miles away from home in each such year. (178748)

The following table shows the average distance from home for male and female prisoners and young offenders (male and female under 21 years) in each of the last 10 years.

Miles

Average distance from home for male prisoners

Average distance from home for female prisoners

Average distance from home for young offenders

1998

52

63

51

1999

56

66

53

2000

55

63

52

2001

53

65

51

2002

53

64

51

2003

52

68

49

2004

51

62

48

2005

50

58

47

2006

50

58

50

2007

49

55

50

The following table shows the number of male and female prisoners and young offenders (male and female under 21 years) held between 50 and 100 miles, and over 100 miles from home in each of the last 10 years.

Male prisoners heldFemale prisoners heldYoung offenders held

between 50 and 100 miles from home

over 100 miles from home

between 50 and 100 miles from home

over 100 miles from home

between 50 and 100 miles from home

over 100 miles from home

1998

12,500

9,000

950

500

2,500

1,200

1999

13,200

10,400

900

700

2,600

1,350

2000

13,200

10,200

900

600

2,700

1,250

2001

13,000

9,700

1100

800

2,850

1,050

2002

13,600

10,900

1000

1000

2,650

1,250

2003

13,200

10,900

1000

1100

2,450

1,100

2004

14,900

9,200

1100

900

2,600

1,050

2005

14,600

8,800

900

600

2,550

1,050

2006

16,000

10,000

1100

800

2,950

1,200

2007

17,100

10,100

1000

800

2,850

1,300

Figures for both tables are taken from sample data, not necessarily in the same month each year.

Where no home address is listed for a male or female prisoner or young offender the committal court is used as a proxy address.