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Young Offenders

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many juveniles detained in custody in the (a) Juvenile Justice Centre and (b) Young Offenders Centre in each of the last 10 years had been resident in care homes prior to their detention. (288382)

The information requested in (a) is set out in the table. Figures for 2009 are not yet available.

(a) Initial admissions to custody by care comparison for the Juvenile Justice Centre

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Admission on Sentence

From Care

6

12

11

7

3

Not from Care

21

14

17

14

13

Not known

Admission on Remand

From Care

36

55

44

47

17

Not from Care

62

93

84

128

100

Not known

2

5

2

Admission on PACE

From Care

65

40

62

49

28

Not from Care

112

84

104

110

90

Not known

4

6

9

1

Total initial admissions

From Care

107

107

117

103

48

Not from Care

195

191

205

252

203

Not known

4

8

14

3

Percentage from Care

35.0

35.0

34.8

29.0

18.9

Notes:

1. The Youth Justice Agency was established in April 2003 and data prior to this are not readily available. The above figures represent full calendar years.

2. Initial admissions are for new admissions into the centre. It does not include any internal change of status, e.g. remand to sentence. A young person may be admitted to the centre on more than one occasion during the timeframe.

3. Figures are based on young people who are in a care home at time of admission.

4. Information is drawn from operational data sources which are inherently difficult to validate.

The information requested in (b) is not held. Hydebank Wood juvenile committals over the last 10 years total in excess of 900. The centre does not routinely capture details of pre-detention care home accommodation. To source the information requested would incur disproportionate cost.