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Prison Accommodation

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juvenile prisoners aged (a) 15, (b) 16 and (c) 17 are in detention at locations more than 50 miles from their home address. (310729)

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

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2010, Official Report, columns 546-47W, on prison accommodation, of the cells not included in the certified normal accommodation of the prison estate, how many are (a) part of segregation units, (b) part of in-patient health care centres and (c) holding cells in prison receptions. (310736)

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.