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Children: Remand in Custody

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children commenced a period of definition on the juvenile secure estate (a) on remand and (b) after sentencing for (i) less than one month, (ii) less than six months, (iii) less than one year, (iv) less than three years and (v) more than three years in each of the last five years. (287687)

The statistics collected by the Youth Justice Board record the number of occasions on which young people have entered custody, rather than the number of individual young people who have begun a period in custody. (These figures are different because a young person may experience more than one period in custody.) These figures, in relation to the period and categories for which information has been requested, are set out in the following table.

The figures have been supplied by the Youth Justice Board and 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 and may be subject to change over time.

Time spent in custody in the secure estate for children and young people

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Remanded young people under 18

Up to 1 month

4,483

4,451

4,503

4,147

3,780

1 month up to 6 months

859

954

913

894

985

6 months up to 12 months

119

205

168

235

194

12 months up to 3 years

10

27

17

25

4

More than 3 years

0

0

0

0

0

Sentenced young people under 18

Up to one month

759

734

808

798

1,013

One month up to six months

3,743

4,046

3,670

3,940

3,924

Six months up to twelve

months

1,208

1,145

1,220

1,191

1,046

Twelve months up to three

years

353

351

372

327

342

More than three years

7

1

3

4

6