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Young Offender Institutions

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) operational and (b) certified normal capacity is of each (i) young offender institution and (ii) secure training centre. (201647)

The operational capacity and in use certified normal capacity for each young offender and juvenile1 institution at the end of March 2008 is shown in table A. Young offenders held in adult categorised prisons are not included.

Table A

Prison

Operational capacity

In use certified normal accommodation

Aylesbury

444

437

Brinsford

497

473

Castington

410

400

Deerbolt

453

453

Feltham

762

762

Glen Parva

808

668

Hindley

523

523

Lancaster Farms

517

480

Northallerton

252

153

Portland

577

539

Reading

281

184

Rochester

392

392

Stoke Heath

678

562

Swinfen Hall

620

600

Thorn Cross

322

322

Ashfield1

400

400

Huntercombe1

365

360

Warren Hill1

222

222

Wennington1

162

160

Wetherby1

384

360

The Youth Justice Board does not express levels of accommodation in the requested format. The number of beds required to be made available by secure training centres is shown in table B.

Table B

Secure training centre

Number of beds

Hassockfield

58

Medway

76

Oakhill

80

Rainsbrook

87

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the staff to inmate ratio of each (a) young offender institution and (b) secure training centre was at the latest date for which figures are available. (201648)

The following table shows the overall staff to prisoner ratio and unified staff to prisoner ratio for each young offender and juvenile1 institution at the end of March 2008. Young offenders held in adult categorised prisons are not included. Unified staff relates to those staff that are officer or governor grades.

Prison

Prisoner population

Total staff in post

Total staff to prisoner ratio

Total unified staff

Unified staff to prisoner ratio

Aylesbury

442

327

1 : 1.35

193

1 : 2.29

Brinsford

442

431

1 : 1.03

257

1 : 1.72

Castington

375

383

1 : 0.98

235

1 : 1.60

Deerbolt

444

362

1 : 1.23

192

1 : 2.31

Feltham

587

779

1 : 0.75

421

1 : 1.39

Glen Parva

804

510

1 : 1.58

276

1 : 2.91

Hindley

497

429

1 : 1.16

244

1 : 2.04

Lancaster Farms

494

424

1 : 1.17

263

1 : 1.88

Northallerton

232

139

1 : 1.67

70

1 : 3.31

Portland

555

418

1 : 1.33

223

1 : 2.49

Reading

245

225

1 : 1.09

122

1 : 2.01

Rochester

389

328

1 : 1.19

197

1 : 1.97

Stoke Heath

644

473

1 : 1.36

264

1 : 2.44

Swinfen Hall

619

415

1 : 1.49

217

1 : 2.85

Thorn Cross

230

218

1 : 1.06

122

1 : 1.89

Huntercombe1

347

288

1 : 1.20

162

1 : 2.14

Warren Hill1

213

248

1 : 0.86

148

1 : 1.44

Werrington1

138

174

1 : 0.79

90

1 : 1.53

Wetherby1

321

336

1 : 0.96

185

1 : 1.74

Youth Justice Board do not set precise staff to prisoner ratios for secure training centres (STCs); instead, they agree with providers the minimum starting levels necessary to ensure effective supervision. Broadly speaking, the minimum staffing levels are three members of custody staff to young people living in a group of eight and two members of custody staff to young people living in a group of six.

The figures for prison establishments and STCs are not directly comparable. The figures for prisons relate to all staff employed in the establishment, while the ratio for STCs relates only to staff engaging directly with offenders.