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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-06417: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 20 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many offenders under the age of 18 have been placed in either a (a) Scottish Prison Service-managed and (b) private sector-operated prison in each year since 2010.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 3 February 2017

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows:

16 and 17 year olds are sentenced to detention in a Young Offenders’ Institution (YOI) and not to imprisonment and as such are not, under normal circumstances, detained in a prison.

In recent years, young people on Remand have been held in a prison for a single night prior to movement to either court and liberation, or onwards movement to a Young Offenders Institution.

(a) SPS managed prisons.

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

218

156

75

47

7

11

13

2

Please note that these statistics exclude Polmont & Cornton Vale Young Offender Institutions as they are not Prisons.

(b) Private sector prisons

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

91

68

53

46

0

0

0

0