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Young Offender Institutions: Violence

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of (a) inmate on inmate and (b) inmate on staff violence were reported in each (i) young offender institution and (ii) secure training centre in each of the last five years. (202027)

The information requested is as follows:

(i) Assaults in Young Offender Institutions

The information requested is set out in the following table, but is subject to important qualifications. The Prison Service incident reporting system processes high volumes of data which are constantly being updated. The statistics provide a good indication of overall numbers, but should not be interpreted as absolute. Assault data are complex and may include threatening behaviour, projection of bodily fluids and other non-contact incidents. Information on assault incidents may involve more than one assailant or more than one victim. In a proportion of incidents only the victim is known.

Assault information is recorded at establishment level in four categories: Prisoner on Prisoner, Prisoner on Officer, Other (including miscellaneous assault information) and Prisoner on Other. Rises or falls in reported numbers from one year to the next are not a good indicator of underlying trend for a particular prison. There have also been improvements in reporting over the years, and this is reflected in the table.

(a) Prisoner on prisoner

Prison Name

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Ashfield

271

304

500

625

653

Aylesbury

26

21

78

80

79

Brinsford

304

326

344

187

187

Castington

312

384

361

360

385

Deerbolt

167

205

164

152

160

Feltham

569

576

549

476

427

Glen Parva

241

230

269

341

364

Hindley

177

63

112

348

498

Huntercombe

77

79

95

184

280

Lancaster Farms

117

185

435

363

357

Northallerton

82

84

104

82

100

Onley

509

2—r

2

2

2

Portland

61

125

154

127

192

Reading

23

25

76

57

45

Rochester

51

102

78

100

75

Stoke Heath

137

239

438

506

527

Swinfen Hall

1102

2

2

2

Thorn Cross

39

7

19

143

84

Warren Hill

93

162

256

268

321

Werrington

129

104

139

143

141

Wetherby

175

414

492

403

353

1 Incomplete data. 2 In 2004 YOI Onley and YOi Swinfen Hall were re-rolled as HMP/YOI Onley and HMP/YOI Swinfen Hall . From this date they are no longer technically YOI's as they also hold adults.

(b) Prisoner on staff1

Prison Name

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Ashfield

70

90

180

136

100

Aylesbury

15

6

17

18

14

Brinsford

39

34

19

10

17

Castington

56

57

50

46

46

Deerbolt

6

28

33

22

34

Feltham

103

173

138

118

107

Glen Parva

29

39

31

45

56

Hindley

27

14

32

58

48

Huntercombe

9

15

15

.33

24

Lancaster Farms

9

28

47

56

39

Northallerton

9

22

14

9

8

Onley

98

2

2

2

2

Portland

16

39

40

42

39

Reading

7

16

16

12

9

Rochester

16

18

23

13

4

Stoke Heath

20

39

56

69

76

Swifffen Hall

9

2

2

2

2

Thorn Cross

4

1

4

1

Warren Hill

12

21

34

42

50

Werrington

24

19

19

22

12

Wetherby

4

77

72

60

37

1 Prisoner on Officer and Prisoner on Other categories are used in this table and there may be some over inclusion, for example assaults on visitors may be recorded in the Prisoner on Other category. 2 In 2004 YOI Onley and YOI Swifen hall wre re-rolled as HMP/YOI Onley and HMP YOI Swiffen hall. From this date they are no longer technicall YOIs as they also hold adults.

(ii) Assaults in Secure Training Centres

While the Youth Justice Board collects data from all secure establishments, the information requested is only available from the period April 2007. The total number of incidents involving (a) trainee on trainee, and (b) trainee on staff for the period of April 2007 to March 2008 is as follows.

Secure Training Centre

Young person on young person

Young person on staff

Hassockfield STC

98

62

Medway STC

168

252

Oakhill STC

258

557

Rainsbrook STC

108

197