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Young Offenders: Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice of the children aged 10 to 17 years prosecuted for breaching an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) in the period January 2004 to December 2007, how many (a) received a custodial sentence solely for the breach of the ASBO, where no other matters were dealt with by the court at the same time, (b) received a custodial sentence for breach of an ASBO, where other matters were dealt with at the same time but where these matters did not warrant a custodial sentence and (c) received a custodial sentence for breach of an ASBO, where other matters were dealt with at the same time and where the other matters did warrant a custodial sentence. (220867)

I have been asked to reply.

Information on breach of an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) is not routinely collected in the format requested. However, in 2005, a one-off analysis was undertaken when numbers of ASBOs were low.

A table showing figures for the period 1 June 2000 to 31 December 2003 is as follows.

The table covers all persons issued ASBO’s, as reported to the Home Office, who breached their ASBO by the end of 2003. Age is determined by age at the date of appearance in court, on which the severest penalty for breach of an ASBO was received.

Number of persons receiving a custodial sentence for breaching an ASBO by age group and category

Age group

Number of persons breaching their ASBOs by the end of 2003

Number of persons receiving a custodial sentence for breach of an ASBO

Category A: where a person received a custodial sentence for at least one other offence at the same court appearance (excludes persons in group B)

Category B: where a person received a consecutive sentence of custody for breach of an ASBO when being dealt with for other offences at the same court appearance (excludes persons in group A)

Category AB: persons both in category A and B

Category C: where the person was dealt with for a breach of an ASBO alone

10-17

417

179

50

21

78

30

18+

376

258

32

31

91

104

All ages

793

437

82

52

169

134

Percentage distribution of penalties

10-17

43

28

12

44

17

18+

69

12

12

35

40

All ages

55

19

12

39

31