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Young Offenders: Sentencing

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2008, Official Report, column 1035W, on young offenders, what the average length of sentence was for young offenders convicted for offences involving (a) violence against a person, (b) burglary, (c) robbery, (d) sexual offences and (e) illegal drugs where a custodial sentence was handed down in 2005. (228891)

The requested information is contained in the following table.

Statistics are provided on a calendar year basis for 2005.

Average length of immediate custodial sentence1 for various offence groups by age group, all courts, England and Wales, 2005

Average length of sentence (months)

Age group

Offence description

Juveniles—10 to 17-year-olds

Young adults—18 to 20-year-olds

10 to 20-year-olds

Violence against the person

13.1

17.4

16.1

Burglary

9.3

13.9

12.2

Robbery

17.0

31.4

24.7

Sexual offences

29.7

34.4

32.4

Drug offences

15.2

26.5

24.3

1 Months: excludes life and indeterminate sentences. 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