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Young Offenders

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children were held in prison in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) sex, (b) age of first admission and (c) type of offence. (186736)

Figures showing the number of under 18-year-old prisoners under immediate custodial sentence held in all prison establishments in England and Wales by gender and offence type between 1997 and 2006 can be found in the following table. Information on the age of prisoners at first admission is not available.

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.

Under 18 population in prison establishments1 under an immediate custodial sentence by sex and offence group, England and Wales each year as at 30 June

Number of persons 

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Under 18s

 

 

 

 

 

Males and Females

 —

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immediate Custodial Sentence

1,673

1,689

1,710

1,860

1,976

2,088

1,781

1,763

1,835

1,865

Violence against the person

231

241

267

288

358

363

320

341

389

391

Sexual offences

40

47

48

59

52

58

42

55

65

68

Robbery

443

475

425

409

439

522

456

456

438

503

Burglary

452

434

454

468

391

405

290

248

289

282

Theft and handling

181

202

219

310

325

319

299

277

233

192

Fraud and forgery

0

4

6

6

5

5

2

7

11

11

Drug offences2

49

51

49

57

79

71

Motoring offences2

84

123

94

58

69

Other offences

191

179

230

280

293

203

155

203

257

265

Offence not recorded

135

107

61

39

64

78

44

27

18

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Males

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immediate Custodial Sentence

1,620

1,627

1,643

1,791

1,911

1,986

1,724

1,706

1,780

1,814

Violence against the person

213

230

250

264

339

336

310

326

366

381

Sexual offences

40

46

48

59

52

58

42

55

65

67

Robbery

425

451

410

396

429

503

436

449

422

486

Burglary

447

428

447

458

382

396

289

242

285

275

Theft and handling

178

196

208

303

313

299

290

268

230

189

Fraud and forgery

0

4

6

6

5

3

1

4

10

11

Drug offences2

46

43

43

51

76

68

Motoring offences2

84

122

92

58

69

Other offences

182

168

215

268

284

191

149

194

252

258

Offence not recorded

135

104

59

37

61

72

42

25

18

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Females

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immediate Custodial Sentence

53

62

67

69

65

102

57

58

55

50

Violence against the person

18

11

17

24

19

27

10

15

23

11

Sexual offences

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Robbery

18

24

15

13

10

19

21

8

16

17

Burglary

5

6

7

10

9

9

1

6

4

7

Theft and handling

3

6

11

7

12

20

9

9

3

3

Fraud and forgery

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

1

0

Drug offences2

3

8

6

6

3

4

Motoring offences2

0

1

2

0

0

Other offences

9

11

15

12

9

12

6

9

5

8

Offence not recorded

0

3

2

2

3

6

2

2

0

1

1 Excludes police cells.

2 Drug Offences from 1997 to 2000 and Motoring Offences from 1997 to 2001 are included in the Other Offences category.

Data Sources and Quality

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, but the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and so although shown to the last individual, the figures may not be accurate to that level.

This table taken from table 8.21 in Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2002-06 and table 3.3 Prison statistics in England and Wales 1997 - 2001