The figures, obtained under freedom of information laws, revealed sheriffs st i l l issued "unruly certificates
" to imprison children, despite moves by the Scottish government to scrap the practice.
Mr MacAskill wants to abolish the "unruly certificates
" which allow this after concerns from the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Dr Andrew McLellan.
Justice minister Kenny MacAskill said the government would scrap the use of unruly certificates
, which mean children under 16 charged with an offence can be detained in prison while on remand because of "unruly character".
Forty-nine people aged 17 or under were remanded in jail on "unruly certificates
" last year.