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Sentencing

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many custodial sentences of (a) less than one month, (b) between one and three months, (c) between three and six months and (d) between six and 12 months were handed down in each of the last 10 years, broken down by offence. (227117)

The requested information is contained in the following table.

Statistics for 2007 will be published at the end of November.

Number of persons sentenced1 for various offence groups by sentence length, all courts, England and Wales, 1997 to 2006

Number of persons

Sentence length

Offence description

Less than 1 month

1 month and up to and including 3 months

Over 3 months and up to and including 6 months

Over 6 months and up to and including 12 months

1997

Violence against the person

321

1,816

2,159

1,848

Sexual offences

13

126

213

402

Burglary

182

2,121

2,698

2,737

Robbery

2

115

204

327

Theft and handling stolen goods

2,341

8,168

4,594

2,235

Fraud and forgery

193

1,078

841

708

Criminal damage

102

359

106

85

Drug offences

235

812

908

1,334

Other indictable offences

919

2,097

1,613

1,319

Indictable motoring offences

28

316

612

451

Summary offences (excluding motoring)

1,142

4,474

2,046

3

Summary motoring offences

955

7,136

6,223

1998

Violence against the person

379

2,150

2,439

2,001

Sexual offences

13

108

274

383

Burglary

177

2,114

2,790

2,840

Robbery

1

124

249

364

Theft and handling stolen goods

3,069

9,837

4,997

2,127

Fraud and forgery

228

1,288

1,064

714

Criminal damage

110

396

137

112

Drug offences

313

1,112

1,070

1,448

Other indictable offences

972

2,347

1,800

1,384

Indictable motoring offences

26

308

594

414

Summary offences (excluding motoring)

1,301

5,076

2,393

3

Summary motoring offences

965

6,980

6,507

1999

Violence against the person

339

2,174

2,538

1,925

Sexual offences

14

116

269

384

Burglary

157

2,047

2,842

2,706

Robbery

1

101

194

411

Theft and handling stolen goods

3,726

11,657

5,544

1,995

Fraud and forgery

258

1,229

1,156

685

Criminal damage

129

421

157

116

Drug offences

365

1,218

1,031

1,230

Other Indictable offences

944

2,300

1,850

1,290

Indictable motoring offences

28

302

629

481

Summary offences (excluding motoring)

1,565

5,603

2,567

8

Summary motoring offences

996

7,335

7,426

2000

Violence against the person

360

1,897

2,824

2,208

Sexual offences

12

89

252

352

Burglary

175

1,520

2,970

2,687

Robbery

1

26

320

507

Theft and handling stolen goods

3,890

12,385

6,315

1,971

Fraud and forgery

244

1,176

1,096

570

Criminal damage

116

346

187

124

Drug offences

309

982

923

1,103

Other indictable offences

1,028

2,219

1,999

1,545

Indictable motoring offences

28

292

694

505

Summary offences (excluding motoring)

1,393

4,976

2,923

3

Summary motoring offences

919

7,151

8,011

2001

Violence against the person

333

1,612

2,708

2,349

Sexual offences

16

105

239

349

Burglary

142

1,345

2,825

2,286

Robbery

1

11

384

596

Theft and handling stolen goods

3,914

12,725

6,455

1,732

Fraud and forgery

238

1,131

1,206

613

Criminal damage

115

355

169

117

Drug offences

307

861

823

1,101

Other indictable offences

1,004

1,912

1,907

1,418

Indictable motoring offences

13

287

778

580

Summary offences (excluding motoring)

1,316

4,777

2,928

7

Summary motoring offences

1,009

7,330

8,608

2002

Violence against the person

340

1,684

2,658

2,273

Sexual offences

27

118

236

382

Burglary

146

1,430

2,852

2,348

Robbery

2

13

259

605

Theft and handling stolen goods

4,332

13,735

6,590

1,844

Fraud and forgery

253

1,074

1,221

593

Criminal damage

128

351

144

124

Drug offences

308

784

698

950

Other indictable offences

1,233

1,799

1,890

1,570

Indictable motoring offences

20

294

870

713

Summary offences (excluding motoring)

1,382

5,043

3,105

5

Summary motoring offences

936

7,076

8,896

2003

Violence against the person

359

1,557

2,548

2,194

Sexual offences

35

114

233

360

Burglary

156

1,432

2,694

1,922

Robbery

3

12

237

536

Theft and handling stolen goods

4,098

12,286

6,133

1,609

Fraud and forgery

256

1,041

1,360

571

Criminal damage

123

362

166

105

Drug offences

321

687

597

896

Other indictable offences

1,441

1,889

2,008

1,636

Indictable motoring offences

33

234

966

762

Summary offences (excluding motoring)

1,441

4,952

3,065

2

Summary motoring offences

866

7,044

9,491

3

2004

Violence against the person

349

1,711

2,667

2,269

Sexual offences

19

144

258

421

Burglary

136

1,282

2,530

1,779

Robbery

2

11

233

591

Theft and handling stolen goods

3,805

10,526

5,500

1,619

Fraud and forgery

239

975

1,490

719

Criminal damage

137

355

167

113

Drug offences

241

572

528

773

Other indictable offences

2,510

2,150

2,135

1,844

Indictable motoring offences

15

230

872

792

Summary offences (excluding motoring)

1,629

5,669

3,902

2

Summary motoring offences

783

6,176

8,210

2005

Violence against the person

388

1,666

2,850

2.474

Sexual offences

24

85

205

349

Burglary

156

1,101

2,242

1,531

Robbery

5

18

282

484

Theft and handling stolen goods

3,887

9,181

4,764

1,396

Fraud and forgery

227

820

1,094

1,506

Criminal damage

156

374

163

110

Drug offences

265

560

648

714

Other indictable offences

2,557

2,144

2,095

1,961

Indictable motoring offences

19

173

766

735

Summary offences (excluding motoring)

1,788

5,858

4,418

5

Summary motoring offences

648

4,992

7,229

2006

Violence against the person

318

1,492

2,742

2,341

Sexual offences

13

98

202

302

Burglary

142

1,059

2,198

1,519

Robbery

1

9

346

626

Theft and handling stolen goods

3,996

8,452

4,641

1,296

Fraud and forgery

192

599

931

1,753

Criminal damage

176

383

182

108

Drug offences

337

564

566

711

Other indictable offences

2,387

2,020

1,904

1,620

Indictable motoring offences

12

131

573

690

Summary offences (excluding motoring)

1,998

5,931

4,626

6

Summary motoring offences

550

3,852

5,511

1

1 These data are on the 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:

OMS Analytical Services