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On how many occasions the Youth Justice Board has used the power granted to it by Section 34 of the Offender Management Act 2007 to place sentenced children in a therapeutic setting inside (a) a young offender institute; (b) a secure training centre; or (c) a local authority secure children's home. [HL2661]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Section 34 of the Offender Management Act 2007, among other things, amends Section 107 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 so as to confer on the Secretary of State power to specify, by order, additional types of custodial provision in which a detention and training order may be served. Section 107 has, from the outset, provided for trainees to be placed in a young offender institution, a secure training centre or a secure children's home and Section 34 would not affect placement in any of those settings. Variations in the regime followed within establishments can normally be made without legislative change.
How many people under 18 serving indeterminate sentences for public protection had a minimum tariff of (a) one year or less; (b) two years or less; (c) three years or less; or (d) more than three years; and [HL2663]
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: At the end of January 2008 there were 48 people under 18 serving indeterminate sentences for public protection. Of the 48, 17 were aged 15, 20 were aged 16 and 11 were aged 17 when sentenced.
No prisoner serving an indeterminate sentence of detention for public protection may be considered for release until they have completed their tariffie, the period of imprisonment considered necessary to meet the requirements of retribution and deterrence. The term tariff refers to the period of imprisonment that runs from the date of the prisoners remand in custody.
The breakdown of tariff lengths for prisoners who have been given an indeterminate sentence of detention for public protection when under the age of 18 (some of whom will now be aged 18 or over) is as follows:
Prisoners serving an indeterminate sentence of detention for public protection may be considered for
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