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Young offender institution

A young offender institution is a place of detention for young people (aged 15 to 21). These young people will have received a custodial sentence following conviction of a criminal offence. Or they may be being held on remand awaiting trial on criminal charges.

Anyone under the age of 18 held in a young offender institution will be housed in separate buildings from the 18 to 21-year-olds.

A young offender institution can accommodate between 60 and 400 young people. The children and young people will be housed in ‘wings’ of between 30 and 60.

Most young offender institutions are run by the prison service. However, some are run by private companies on behalf of the prison service.

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