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Robbery: Sentencing

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of convictions for robberies of personal property resulted in (a) custodial and (b) community sentences in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2006. (154558)

It is not possible to identify the number of convictions for personal robbery as court proceedings data do not differentiate between personal and commercial robberies.

The following table shows the number of convictions for “Robbery” in England and Wales in 1997 and 2005, as well as the number and percentage of community sentences and custodial sentences.

2006 data will be available in November 2007.

Number of defendants found guilty and sentenced for robbery with sentence breakdowns and percentages: England and Wales: 1997 and 20051, 2

Of those sentenced

1997

2005

Found guilty

5,589

7,083

Sentenced

5,597

7,139

Community sentence

1,307

2,539

Percentage

23

36

Immediate custody

4,008

4,407

Percentage

72

62

1 Data provided on the principal offence basis

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. Source:

Court proceedings database—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice