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Prison Sentences

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sentenced receptions there were in prisons in England and Wales for offences related to (a) violence against persons (b) sexual offences, (c) burglary, (d) robbery, (e) theft, (f) fraud and forgery, (g) criminal damage, (h) motoring offences, (i) drug offences and (j) other offences in each of the last five years. (159846)

The following table shows the number of sentenced prisoner receptions in England and Wales by main offence group over the last five years for which figures are available:

Offence group

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Immediate custodial sentence

90,523

93,615

92,245

93,326

90,414

Violence against the person

13,835

13,596

13,724

15,735

16,744

Sexual offences

2,372

2,449

2,350

2,551

2,452

Robbery

4,060

4,812

4,368

4,372

3,894

Burglary

9,889

10,178

9.191

8,434

7,550

Theft and handling

22,336

22,590

21,335

19,561

17,880

Fraud and forgery

2,988

2,966

2,982

3.175

4,062

Drug offences

7,522

7,276

7,135

7,153

7,060

Motoring offences

14,507

15,039

15,802

14,322

12,326

Other offences

11,543

12,727

13,790

16,568

17,498

Offence not recorded

1,671

1,982

1,568

1,455

948

Criminal damage is included under “other offences”.

This information is available in table 7.2 of the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2005, a copy of which is placed in the House of Commons Library. The 2006 volume will soon be made available.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in England and Wales had sentences which were of (a) under three months, (b) three to six months, (c) six months to a year, (d) one year to two years, (e) two years to three years, (f) three years to four years, (g) four years to five years, (h) five years to 10 years, (i) 10 years to less than life and (j) life and at the pleasure of the Secretary of State on the latest date for which figures are available. (159847)

The figures requested are published as table 8.19 of the

offender management caseload statistics, 2005, and are available from the Library of the House of Commons.

The following table has been extracted from the published data. It gives the

sentenced prison population by sentence length band for all prison establishments in England and Wales as at 30 June 2005:

Number

All sentence lengths

62,179

Up to and including three months

1,882

Over three months up to and Including six months

4,127

Over six months less than 12 months

2,225

12 months

1,778

Over 12 months up to and Including 18 months

3.510

Over 18 months up to and including three years

11,344

Over three years less than four years

4,996

Four years

3,900

Over four years up to and including five years

6,773

Over five years up to and including 10 years

12,458

Over 10 years less than indeterminate

3,305

Indeterminate

5,882

The equivalent table for 200 will be available later in 2007.

A less detailed breakdown by sentence length is available for August 2007 at table 1 of the monthly published tables available at my Department's website.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.