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Prisons: Young Offenders

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the procedure is for extending the designation of a prison to include a young offender institution; (261657)

(2) which prisons have extended their designation to include a young offender institution in the last 10 years.

Once it has been decided that the role of a prison should be changed to include the holding of young offenders, a revised designation is prepared and signed by the Director-General of the National Offender Management Service.

It would be difficult and could be attempted only at disproportionate cost to identify which prisons have extended their designation, as many designation certificates may have changed a number of times over the past 10 years. As set out in the Ministry of Justice, NOMS Agency (HM Prison Service) annual report and accounts 2007-08, there are 14 closed male young offender institutions (YOIs) and one open YOI.