Academic journal article British Journal of Community Justice

Annual Youth Justice Statistics Collated by the Youth Justice Board

Academic journal article British Journal of Community Justice

Annual Youth Justice Statistics Collated by the Youth Justice Board

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The Youth Justice Board (YJB) published their annual statistics at the end of January. These look at the English and Welsh Youth Justice System (YJS) in 2013/14 in terms of the number of young people in the system, their offences, outcomes and the trends over time.

Latest available arrests data (for the 2012/13 financial year) shows that 10-17 year olds accounted for 126, 809 arrests, or 11.8 per cent of the 1.07 million arrests for notifiable offences in England and Wales. The 10-17 year old age group comprises 10.5 per cent of the total population of England and Wales. The number of arrests of young people has fallen by 24 per cent between 2011/12 and 2012/13. This continues the downward trend seen since the peak in arrests in 2006/07.

The YJB's statistics show similar reductions for the number of first time entrants (FTEs) to the Youth Justice System and to the number of young people sentenced in 2013/14.The number of young people sentenced to immediate custody fell by 21 per cent from 2, 815 in 2012/13 to 2, 226 in 2013/14. This number has fallen by 65 per cent since 2003/04, when there were 6, 288 young people sentenced to immediate custody. …

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