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Young Offenders: Segregation of Prisoners

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 16th October 2018

Imran Hussain Labour, Bradford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offenders were placed in segregation for more than 22 hours in each institution holding child prisoners in each year from 2010.

Imran Hussain Labour, Bradford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time spent in segregation by a young offender was in each year since 2010.

Imran Hussain Labour, Bradford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the longest length of time spent in segregation was by a young offender in each year since 2010.

Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) do not hold the specific information requested centrally but are currently reviewing how segregation data is collected across each establishment in the Youth Estate. However, in answering PQ 141024, we did provide a breakdown of the total number of hours young people spent in segregation in each Young Offender Institution, where data is available, over the last 5 years.

The safety and welfare of young people in our care is our priority. That is why there are strict safeguards on segregation, which is only used as a last resort when someone is likely to cause harm to themselves or others. We are recruiting more staff and investing in enhanced support units for the most vulnerable offenders, so young people have the support they need to turn away from crime and contribute to society.