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Prisoners: Young People

Volume 486: debated on Monday 19 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of people under the age of 18 were being held in Prison Service establishments in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years. (247149)

Information on the numbers of juveniles aged under 18 detained under sentence showing also their percentage of the prison population of England and Wales is contained in the following table.

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Males and females

All ages

51,392

53,180

54,212

57,306

59,439

60,976

62,257

63,493

65,601

68,234

15-17

1,710

1,851

1,965

2,089

1,781

1,763

1,836

1,865

1,883

1,932

As percentage of prison population

3

3

4

4

3

3

3

3

3

3

Notes:

1. 1999-07 taken from 7.3 in Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2007.

2. 2008 taken from monthly published table for June 2008

The prison service does not normally accommodate 15 and 16 year old girls, only 17 year old girls.

This table is taken from table 7.3 in the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2007, a copy of which can be found in the House of Commons Library and which can also be found at the following website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/prisonandprobation.htm

The figure for June 2008 was taken from the monthly briefing published at the following website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/populationincustody.htm

This website is updated monthly.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.