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Prison Sentences

Volume 301: debated on Thursday 27 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders convicted of offences involving (a) sex and (b) violence were sentenced to periods of imprisonment of between three months and four years in the last year for which figures are available. [17743]

For England and Wales in 1996 (latest available figures) of the 4,426 offenders convicted of indictable sexual offences, 1,763 were sentenced to periods of immediate custody of between three months and up to and including four years.Similarly, for the indictable offence group of violence against the person, 30,011 offenders were convicted, of whom 7,366 were sentenced to periods of imprisonment of between three months and up to and including four years.