As of 8 May 2009 (the last date at which data are available) there were 871 young people aged 15-17 who were detained in young offender institutions (YOIs) more than 50 miles from their home area.
The following table shows the number of 15 to 17-year-old male and female offenders in YOIs who were detained (i) up to 50 miles from their home area and (ii) more than 50 miles from their home area.
Age Prisoners held up to 50 miles from home area Prisoners held over 50 miles from home area Total 15 139 87 226 16 330 249 579 17 811 535 1,346 Total 1,280 871 2,151
Prisoners held up to 50 miles from home area
Prisoners held over 50 miles from home area
All prisoners are asked for details of their home address on first reception to prison and on discharge from prison. About 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. Figures have been scaled to match the overall 15 to 17-year-old population.
As of 14 December 2009 and based on information from central records, about 2,712 places were not included in the certified normal accommodation (or uncrowded capacity) of the prison estate. Of those places, about 1,800 are part of segregation units; 400 are in health care in-patient centres; and 500 are in other locations, mainly holding cells.
These figures have been drawn from central administrative/recording systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.