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Community Orders

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders receiving a community sentence in 2007 had (a) more than five, (b) more than 10, (c) more than 15, (d) more than 25 and (e) more than 100 previous convictions. (252835)

The following table gives the previous criminal history of offenders sentenced to community orders in England and Wales in 2007. Information is not available in precisely the format requested. These figures are based on data published in chapter 6 of “Sentencing Statistics 2007” and count both previous convictions and previous cautions.

Persons sentenced to community sentences for indictable offences by previous criminal history, 2007

Number of previous convictions or cautions

Number of sentences

First time offenders

11,451

1-2 previous convictions/cautions

25,158

3-6 previous convictions/cautions

23,609

7-10 previous convictions/cautions

10,249

11-14 previous convictions/cautions

6,150

15 or more previous convictions/cautions

13,651

Total number of offenders (100%)

90,268

These figures have been drawn from the police’s administrative IT system, which, as with any large scale recording system, is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Further information can be found in chapter 6 of “Sentencing Statistics 2007” at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/sentencingannual.htm

Sentencing remains a matter for the court.