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Prisoners: Females

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are in place for the rehabilitation of female youth offenders, with particular reference to programmes involving the construction industry. (199891)

All young women aged under 18 in custody receive a minimum of 22 hours of learning and skills provision, which must contain one third core education (English, Maths etc), one third vocational education, and one third for other education such as physical education and citizenship. In addition, depending on the young woman's individual needs, she may be required to attend offending behaviour programmes or receive specialist substance misuse services.

Although I am not aware of a specific construction programme for young female offenders, the Government have been engaging employers as part of the reducing re-offending Corporate Alliance. The aim of this alliance is to work in partnership with employers to improve the skills and employment outcomes for offenders. To date, we have over 100 employers signed up, some of whom are from the construction industry.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of female offenders (a) were given custodial sentences in each of the last 10 years and (b) have been given these sentences in 2008 to date; and if he will make a statement. (199905)

The requested information is contained in the following table.

Statistics for 2007 will be published in the autumn. Statistics for 2008 will be published next year.

Number of women sentenced1 and given immediate custody, all courts, England and Wales, 1997 to 2006

Female offenders

1997

Total sentenced

216,986

Immediate custody

5,506

Percentage of total

2.5

1998

Total sentenced

235,494

Immediate custody

6,567

Percentage of total

2.8

1999

Total sentenced

220,007

Immediate custody

7,504

Percentage of total

3.4

2000

Total sentenced

256,090

Immediate custody

7,900

Percentage of total

3.1

2001

Total sentenced

237,497

Immediate custody

8,061

Percentage of total

3.4

2002

Total sentenced

258,595

Immediate custody

8,831

Percentage of total

3.4

2003

Total sentenced

260,617

Immediate custody

8,810

Percentage of total

3.4

2004

Total sentenced

279,485

Immediate custody

8,754

Percentage of total

3.1

2005

Total sentenced

282,614

Immediate custody

8,281

Percentage of total

2.9

2006

Total sentenced

277,712

Immediate custody

7,844

Percentage of total

2.8

1 Principal offence basis.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will provide a breakdown of the number and proportion of women given custodial sentences by the length of sentence in (a) each of the last five years and (b) in 2008 to date; and if he will make a statement. (199909)

The available information is contained in the following table.

Statistics for 2007 will be published in the autumn. Statistics for 2008 will be published next year.

Number of women sentenced1 to immediate custody and percentage of total, all ages, all courts, England and Wales 2002-06

Number of persons

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Length of sentence

Number given custody

% of total

Number given custody

% of total

Number given custody

% of total

Number given custody

% of total

Number given custody

% of total

Up to and including 3 months

4,428

50.1

4,418

50.1

4,299

49.1

3,916

47.3

3,670

46.8

Over 3 months and up to and including 6 months

1,860

21.1

1,902

21.6

1,910

21.8

1,882

22.7

1,756

22.4

Over 6 months and up to and including 12 months

411

4.7

379

4.3

442

5.0

469

5.7

500

6.4

12 months

358

4.1

362

4.1

364

4.2

414

5.0

398

5.1

Over 12 months and up to and including 18 months

429

4.9

433

4.9

378

4.3

430

5.2

419

5.3

Over 18 months and up and including 3 years

757

8.6

727

8.3

743

8.5

630

7.6

644

8.2

Over 3 years and less than 4 years

157

1.8

115

1.3

158

1.8

99

1.2

81

1.0

Four years

107

1.2

126

1.4

110

1.3

88

1.1

81

1.0

Over 4 years and up to and including 5 years

104

1.2

113

1.3

138

1.6

122

1.5

69

0.9

Over 5 years and up to and including 10 years

169

1.9

183

2.1

167

1.9

166

2.0

146

1.9

Over 10 years and less than life

29

2

25

2

21

2

15

2

18

2

Life

19

2

24

2

22

2

31

2

16

2

Total

8,831

100

8,810

100

8,754

100

8,281

100

7,844

100

1 Principal offence basis.

2 Indicates a percentage total of less than 1 per cent.

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