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Young Offender Institutions

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the consequences of the absence of lock-out times in the juvenile estate, with particular reference to its effect on the number of late arrivals at young offender institutions. (247747)

“Latest Reception” and “Reception Closing” times are locally agreed by all Prison Governors and Area Managers—including those in the juvenile estate—and communicated to escort contractors. Contractors incur performance measures for failing to deliver prisoners before receptions close. These performance measures can translate into financial payments if contractors are unable to demonstrate that the reasons for the failure are outside their control. Generally, the minority of young people who arrive later than the agreed time are nonetheless admitted to the establishment because of the emphasis placed on the primary need to safeguard vulnerable young people.