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Young Offender Institutions

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2009, Official Report, columns 261-2W, on young offender institutions, what percentage of offenders aged (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14, (d) 15, (e) 16, (f) 17, (g) 18 and (h) 19 years who had previously been resident in a London borough were detained over 20 miles or 45 minutes travel away from their previous homes at the latest date for which figures are available. (290190)

Table A shows the percentage of 15 to 19-year-olds (male and female) who had previously been resident in a London borough and were detained in a prison or young offender institution that was over 20 miles travel away from their home area, as of September 2008. Home area is taken as a prisoner’s home address. If no home address is recorded, the court of first committal is used as a proxy.

Table A

Percentage

Percentage of 15-year-olds from London area held over 20 miles of home area

90

Percentage of 16-year-olds from London area held over 20 miles of home area

83

Percentage of 17-year-olds from London area held over 20 miles of home area

76

Percentage of 18-year-olds from London area held over 20 miles of home area

72

Percentage of 19-year-olds from London area held over 20 miles of home area

78

Source:

NOMS

Table B shows the percentage of 12 to 17-year-olds (male and female) who had previously been resident in a London borough and were detained in Secure Children’s Homes or Secure Training Centres that was over 20 miles away from their home area, as of September 2008. Home area is taken as a young person’s address at the time of sentence. If no address is recorded, the address of the Youth Offending Team that the young person is attached to is used as a proxy. Those aged 18 or 19 are not held in Secure Children’s Homes or Secure Training Centres.

Table B

Percentage

Secure Children’s Homes

Secure Training Centres

Percentage of 12-year-olds from London area held over 20 miles from home area

0

n/a

Percentage of 13-year-olds from London area held over 20 miles from home area

n/a

100

Percentage of 14-year-olds from London area held over 20 miles from home area

75

89

Percentage of 15-year-olds from London area held over 20 miles from home area

25

82

Percentage of 16-year-olds from London area held over 20 miles from home area

100

100

Percentage of 17-year-olds from London area held over 20 miles from home area

n/a

86

n/a: Denotes that no young people of this age were held in Secure Children’s Homes or Secure Training Centres on this date.

Source:

Youth Justice Board