Youth Custody

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published a report exploring outcomes for black and other minority ethnic (BAME) 10 to 17 year olds in the youth secure custodial estate in England and Wales. Findings include: 9 in every 10,000 young black people in the general population were in youth custody in 2015/16, the highest proportion of any ethnic group. This compares to 4 in 10,000 mixed ethnic young people; 2 in 10,000 ‘Asian and other’ young people; and 1 in every 10,000 for young people from white ethnic backgrounds. Analysis in this report indicates that the high proportion of young black people in custody is likely to be driven by a number of factors including arrest rates, and custodial sentencing at the magistrates’ court,

Further information: Exploratory analysis of 10-17 year olds in the youth secure estate by black and other minority ethnic groups (PDF)

Source: MoJ