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Prisoners: Location

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice at what average distance from home (a) young adult prisoners, (b) adult prisoners and (c) children prisoners were held in each year since 1997, broken down by sex. (308071)

Table A shows the average travelling distance from home in miles of remand and sentenced prisoners held in HMPs accommodation by gender. Data prior to 2006 are not available in the format requested.

All prisoners are asked for details of their home address on first reception to prison and on discharge from prison. Approximately 60 per cent. of prisoners (both male and female) are shown to have given a recognised address.

If no address is given, various proxies are used to determine distance from home, including next-of-kin address and committal court address.

Table A

Adult (21+)

Young offender (18 to 20)

Juvenile (15 to 17)

Month

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

September 2006

49

58

48

57

56

63

September 2007

50

59

49

50

55

71

September 08

50

57

50

53

52

55

May 2009

50

55

49

51

51

55

Table B shows the average distance from home in miles for remand and sentenced young people in .secure children’s homes and secure training centres from 2001 to 2009 by gender. Data prior to 2001 are not available in the format requested.

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.

Table B

Male

Female

2001

59

75

2002

59

61

2003

56

61

2004

56

69

2005

52

63

2006

48

61

2007

54

68

2008

52

59

2009

47

52