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Young Offenders: Sentencing

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders under the age of 21 years found guilty of an offence were given a (a) custodial sentence and (b) non-custodial sentence in each of the last 10 years. (148495)

The information requested, for the years 1995 to 2005, is contained in the following table.

Number of persons1 under the age of 21 sentenced to custodial and non-custodial2 sentences, all courts, England and Wales

Number of persons

Type of sentence

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

Non-custodial2

196,080

205,648

212,683

229,196

229,908

227,715

Immediate custody

19,203

21,247

22,868

24,220

25,664

25,855

Total

215,283

226,895

235,551

253,416

255,572

253,570

Number of persons

Type of sentence

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Non-custodial2

227,848

229,153

232,960

231,626

222,008

Immediate custody

25,544

24,779

21,638

20,961

20,246

Total

253,392

253,932

254,598

252,587

242,254

1 Principal offence basis.

2 Absolute and conditional discharge, fine, community sentence, suspended sentence order and otherwise dealt with.

Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Source:

RDS-NOMS, Ministry of Justice