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Prisoners Transfers: Young Offenders

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many youth offending team inspections found that young offenders were sharing transport with adult prisoners in each of the last three years, broken down by establishment; and if he will make a statement. (203552)

Youth offending teams are not responsible for arranging transport to custody and the issue of juvenile and adult prisoners sharing the same vehicle is not addressed in their inspections.

Escort contractors retain information by contractual year; September to August. No records are kept on the number of young adult prisoners (aged 18 to 20 years) sharing transport with adult prisoners, as this is permitted under the contracts.

Juvenile prisoners (aged 15 to 17 years) and adult prisoners should not travel in the same vehicle except in special circumstances, for example when the delay in waiting for a separate vehicle is not in the best interests of the individual. Where juvenile and adult prisoners travel in the same vehicle they are escorted onto the vehicle separately, segregated while on the vehicle and a custody officer remains in the back of the vehicle throughout the journey to ensure their welfare.

Information is held on the number of occasions that juvenile prisoners have shared transport with adult prisoners since September 2005. The information is not recorded by establishment.

Period

Number of occasions juvenile prisoners shared transport with adult prisoners

Total number of juvenile prisoners escorted

September 2005 to August 2006

2,840

76,289

September 2006 to August 2007

2,524

75,685

September 2007 to August 2008

981

40,823