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Sentencing

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of tariff for indeterminate sentences has been since their inception; and if he will make a statement. (188159)

A research study into prisoners received into prisons in England and Wales under indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) between April 2005 and March 2006, showed that the median tariff (minimum term) given to these prisoners was 30 months. Findings from the research were published in Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2005, a copy of which can be found in the House of Commons Library.

This figure has been drawn from administrative IT systems and data returns from prison establishments 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 (1) how many and what proportion of sentences from Crown courts were custodial sentences in each year since 1993; and if he will make a statement; (188202)

(2) how many and what proportion of offenders convicted in Crown courts were given custodial sentences of (a) six months or less, (b) six to 12 months, (c) one to two years, (d) two to four years, (e) four to six years, (f) six to 10 years and (g) 10 years or more in each year since 1993; and if he will make a statement.

The following table shows the available information which can also be found in table 2.2 of “Sentencing Statistics 2006”, available at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/sentencingannual.htm

Persons sentenced to immediate custody at the Crown court by length of sentence, 1996 to 2006, England and Wales

Number of persons and percentages

Custody rate and sentence length

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

All offences

Total persons sentenced

73,578

79,417

80,262

77,035

74,202

71,888

76,065

75,891

76,119

75,600

76,439

Number given immediate custody

44,083

47,324

47,951

47,349

46,212

44,405

46,694

44,274

44,938

43,986

42,586

Percentage given immediate custody

59.9

59.6

59.7

61.5

62.3

61.8

61.4

58.3

59.0

58.2

55.7

Up to and including 3 months

4,003

4,179

4,349

4,530

4,285

3,488

3,066

2,898

2,909

2,723

2,458

Proportion (percentage)

9

9

9

10

9

8

7

7

6

6

6

Over 3 months and up to and including 6 months

6,303

6,575

6,820

6,842

6,753

5,894

5,496

5,250

5,158

5,055

4,565

Proportion (percentage)

14

14

14

14

15

13

12

12

11

11

11

Over 6 months and less than 12 months

5,502

5,808

5,920

5,489

5,505

5,001

5,076

4,746

5,094

5,290

5,081

Proportion (percentage)

12

12

12

12

12

11

11

11

11

12

12

12 months

5,259

5,641

5,837

5,677

5,316

5,019

5,130

4,800

4,811

5,001

4,775

Proportion (percentage)

12

12

12

12

12

11

11

11

11

11

11

Over 12 months and up to and including 18 months

6,812

7,071

7,417

7,061

6,575

6,323

6,769

6,297

6,150

6,079

6,060

Proportion (percentage)

15

15

15

15

14

14

14

14

14

14

14

Over 18 months and up to and including 3 years

9,639

10,822

10,573

10,378

10,232

10,254

11,205

10,541

10,676

10,366

10,343

Proportion (percentage)

22

23

22

22

22

23

24

24

24

24

24

Over 3 years and less than 4 years

780

935

1,096

1,222

1,354

1,617

1,969

1,861

2,082

1,745

1,533

Proportion (percentage)

2

2

2

3

3

4

4

4

5

4

4

4 years

1,795

1,886

1,754

1,737

1,789

1,917

2,251

2,128

2,146

1,745

1,607

Proportion (percentage)

4

4

4

4

4

4

5

5

5

4

4

Over 4 years and up to and including 5 years

1,384

1,553

1,511

1,539

1,536

1,748

2,099

2,090

2,161

1,920

1,670

Proportion (percentage)

3

3

3

3

3

4

4

5

5

4

4

Over 5 years and up to and including 10 years

1,973

2,113

1,973

2,054

2,091

2,332

2,679

2,747

2,772

2,658

2,190

Proportion (percentage)

4

4

4

4

5

5

6

6

6

6

5

Over 10 years and less than life

294

374

307

337

309

309

399

403

409

353

309

Proportion (percentage)

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Indeterminate sentence1

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

426

1,448

Proportion (percentage)

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

1

3

Life

338

367

394

483

467

503

555

513

570

625

547

Proportion (percentage)

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1 Sentences of imprisonment for public protection introduced by the Criminal Justice Act 2003 on 4 April 2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what objectives he has set for sentence planning by offender managers for the next three years. (188333)

The objectives for completion of sentence plans by offender managers are laid out in the National Standards for the Management of Offenders 2007. The standards specify that offender managers should complete a sentence plan on all offenders under their supervision in the community, and upon those covered by phases 2 and 3 of the roll-out of the Offender Management Model. The standards also specify the time scales for completion and review of sentence plans. A target of 90 per cent. has been set for the timely completion of sentence plans on offenders in the community.