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Young Offenders: Wales

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to ensure that all young people resident in Wales (a) serving long custodial sentences and (b) with mental health needs serve their sentences in prisons in Wales. (203584)

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) is responsible for deciding where young people who have been sentenced to custody should be accommodated. In making those decisions, its placement team takes account of a range of factors including age, sex, risk factors (including health issues) and where the young person lives. The Government and the YJB believe that young people in custody should be placed in the accommodation most suited to their needs.