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Young Offenders: North West

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provision has been commissioned by the Youth Justice Board for young offenders in the North West under the age of 18 considered suitable for an open young offenders institution place; and if he will make a statement. (206313)

The under-18 unit at Thorn Cross Young Offender Institution showed the possible benefits of open conditions for some young people, but also demonstrated that a single large unit is not viable. Nor is a single unit drawing young people from the whole of England and Wales consistent with the Youth Justice Board's general aim of placing young people as close as possible to their homes.

The Youth Justice Board is developing a strategy for the provision, across the country, of open accommodation for young people in custody. It is likely that this will be linked to existing closed establishments.