(2) how many and what proportion of first time offenders given custodial sentences from Crown courts were reconvicted within two years of release from custody in each year since 1993; and if he will make a statement;
(3) how many and what proportion of first time offenders given custodial sentences by magistrates' courts were (a) juveniles and (b) young adults in each year since 1993; how many and what proportion of each category were reconvicted within two years of release in each of those years; and if he will make a statement;
(4) how many and what proportion of first time offenders sentenced by magistrates courts were given custodial sentences in each year since 1993; and if he will make a statement.
The following table 1 shows the number of first time offenders sentenced at Crown and magistrates courts from 2000-05 based on a sample of offenders, and the percentage of these given custody. The sample is all offenders sentenced in the first quarter of each year. A first time offender is defined as an offender with no previous convictions or cautions.
2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | |
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Crown courts | ||||||
Total number sentenced | 2,964 | 2,900 | 3,110 | 2,980 | 3,033 | 2,903 |
Number given custody | 1,440 | 1,508 | 1,680 | 1,490 | 1,566 | 1,550 |
Percentage given custody | 49 | 52 | 54 | 50 | 52 | 53 |
Magistrates courts | ||||||
Total number sentenced | 7,386 | 6,785 | 6,109 | 6,317 | 6,254 | 5,936 |
Number given custody | 351 | [425 | 372 | 437 | 488 | 409 |
Percentage given custody | 5 | 6 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 7 |
Data are not available before 2000.
Table 2 shows the number and percentage of first time offenders given custodial sentences at magistrates courts who were (a) juvenile and (b) young adults.
2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | |
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Juveniles (aged 10-17) | 23 | 37 | 29 | 30 | 34 | 35 |
Percentage of all first time offenders given custodial sentences | 7 | 9 | 8 | 7 | 7 | 9 |
Young adults (aged 18-20) | 46 | 81 | 48 | 46 | 53 | 45 |
Percentage of all first time offenders given custodial sentences | 13 | 19 | 13 | 11 | 11 | 11 |
Data on proven re-offending rates are not available for this breakdown of offenders.