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Young People: Custody

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people aged under 18 were in custody in each year since 1992. [HL5903]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people aged under 18 were sentenced to custody in each year since 1992. [HL5904]

The requested information in these questions is supplied in two parts. Data are not readily available back to 1992.

(1) Table 1 in answer to HL5903

The following table gives, for England and Wales, first the numbers of under-18 year-olds in custody since 2000 and secondly the number in prison establishments since 2003

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Under-18 Secure Population1

2,825

2,821

3,071

2,784

2,763

2,827

2,922

2,927

3,029

*

15-17 year-olds in prison2

2,253

2,274

2,326

2,440

2,427

2,527

2,102

1 as provided by Youth Justice Board (inclusive of detainees in secure children's homes and severe training centres)

2 as published in Ministry of Justice monthly briefing statistics, prison population only

* Figure available but not yet finalised

This table is derived from published information to be found at the following websites:

http://www.yjb.gov.uk/en-gb/yjs/Custody/CustodyFigures/ http://www.justice.gov.uk/ publications/populationincustody.htm

(2) Table 2 in answer to HL5904

Total juveniles sentenced and numbers sentenced to immediate custody England and Wales. 1992-2007

Year

Sentenced

Immediate custody

1992

63,108

4,003

1993

55,315

4,223

1994

61,994

4,719

1995

67,800

5,464

1996

74,597

6,497

1997

79,092

7,083

1998

86,294

7,217

1999

90,160

7,653

2000

91,480

7,414

2001

95,485

7,596

2002

94,545

7,416

2003

92,531

6,200

2004

96,188

6,325

2005

96,203

6,015

2006

93,806

6,183

2007

97,387

5,830

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.

This table shows the numbers of sentences given to offenders aged under 18 and those where an immediate custodial sentence was the outcome. It is based on published data at the following weblink:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/sentencingannual.htm.

These figures 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. The above tables all relate only to England and Wales; for information relating to Scotland and Northern Ireland please refer to the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Prison Service respectively.