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Young Offenders: Sentencing

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14, (d) 15, (e) 16, (f) 17, (g) 18 and (h) 19 year-olds who were convicted of non-violent crimes were given a community sentence in the last 12 months. (282917)

The available information is found in the following table. Data for 2008 will not be available until “Sentencing Statistics 2008” is published later in the year.

Percentage of persons sentenced to community sentences for non-violent indictable offences1, by age, 2007

Age

Percentage given community sentences

10

91.5

11

92.4

12

88.7

13

87.7

14

82.9

15

79.1

16

72.2

17

64.3

18

34.7

19

29.9

1 This includes all indictable offences not included in the violence against the person offence type. Summary offences have not been included as they are not categorised into violent or non-violent offences.

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

The table shows the percentage of persons aged 10 to 19 sentenced to a community sentence for non-violent indictable offences in 2007. The definition of non-violent offences are all those not included in the offences type, ‘Violence Against the Person’. These data are presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed. Where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.