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Crimes of Violence: Sentencing

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 18 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length was of sentences (a) handed down to and (b) served by those who were convicted of (i) violence against the person, (ii) sexual offences and (iii) robbery in 2007. (279225)

The following table shows the average length of a determinate immediate custodial sentence for 2007.

Average length of immediate custodial sentence1 in months for 2007

Average length

Violence against the person

16.9

Sexual offences

42.9

Robbery

31.3

1 Excludes life and indeterminate sentences.

Notes:

1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems.

2. 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, Ministry of Justice

These figures can all be found in table 2.12 of Sentencing Statistics 2007 available at the following link:

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

It is not possible to provide data on time served for those prisoners convicted in 2007 because some will still be serving their sentences. If the offence was committed on or after 4 April 2005, release arrangements are covered by the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) 2003, where either a standard determinate sentence, Extended Sentence for Public Protection or Imprisonment for Public Protection would apply. The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 amended certain sentences from the CJA 2003. Life sentence prisoners are released under the terms of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997.

Average time served in prison for 2007 could be found in table 9.1 of Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2007 available at the following link:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/prisonand probation.htm

These data are based on the principal offence. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence it is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed, where the same sentence has been imposed for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of offenders sentenced for offences of violence against the person or sexual offences received (a) a custodial sentence and (b) a non-custodial sentence or other disposal in each of the last two years. (279232)

The requested information is shown as follows:

Number and percentage of offenders sentenced for violence against the person or sexual offences receiving custodial and non-custodial sentences, 2006-07

Violence against the person

Sexual offences

2006

2007

2006

2007

Offenders

Percentage of offenders

Offenders

Percentage of offenders

Offenders

Percentage of offenders

Offenders

Percentage of offenders

Custodial sentences

Immediate custody

12,354

29.5

12,535

29.8

2,808

56.9

2,810

55.6

Suspended sentence

5,569

13.3

7,167

17.0

296

6.0

439

8.7

Non-custodial sentences

23,982

57.2

22,377

53.2

1,828

37.1

1,805

35.7

Total number sentenced

41,905

100

42,079

100

4,932

100

5,054

100

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, Ministry of Justice

These figures are also available in the answer I gave the hon. and learned Member on 9 June 2009, Official Report, column 792W, and from table 1.2 of Sentencing Statistics 2007 found at the following at the following link:

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

These data are based on the principal offence. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence it is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed, where the same sentence has been imposed for more than offence the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.