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Prisoners on Remand: Sentencing

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders held on remand were not given a custodial sentence in each of the last five years. (268825)

The available information taken from the publication Criminal Statistics, England and Wales for the years 2003-07 inc. (latest available) is shown in the following table.

The estimated numbers1 of persons remanded in custody, and the number of offenders who subsequently received a non-custodial sentence at magistrates' courts or the Crown court2, England and Wales, 2003-07

Thousands of persons

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Number of persons remanded in custody3

100.9

86.7

79.2

74.0

71.5

Of which:

Number of offenders who received a non-custodial sentence4

308

25.9

23.5

21.5

21.3

1 Includes estimates for those offences omitted from data supplied.

2 Crown court cases are not necessarily concluded in the same year as the committal therefore the figures presented may include cases where defendants were remanded in custody during earlier years than under which they are presented in this table.

3 Includes those remanded for part of the time in custody and part on bail.

4 Final outcome includes: discharged, fine community sentences, fully suspended sentences, supervision orders, community punishment orders, attendance centre orders, community punishment and rehabilitation orders, curfew orders, reparation orders, action plan orders and other disposals which do not involve any element of custodial treatment.

Notes:

1. The figures presented in this table exclude those defendants who failed to surrender to bail.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

3. For Magistrates' courts cases, the number of remands and more importantly, the number which are in custody, are believed to be under-recorded in total. The extent of under-recording is not known, as only limited checks are available with independently collected data. However, it is clear that the breakdown of remands into bail and custody cases is not accurate for a number of forces. The accuracy of data about Crown court remand decisions has improved as a result of data being returned directly from the Crown court computer system.

Prepared by OCJR Evidence and Analysis Unit.

Source:

OCJR Court proceedings database.