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Community Supervision

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people who were the subject of community supervision during (a) 2007 and (b) 2008 had previously been held in custody; and how many people were on community supervision in each of those years. (282400)

The information requested is shown in the table.

As at December each year

Community supervision

Previously in custody

2007

150,179

54,018

2008

146,725

n/a

Notes:

1. The number of offenders on community supervision in 2007 has been drawn from the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2007 report which includes all pre CJA orders, community orders and suspended sentence orders. The number of offenders who had a previous immediate custodial sentence has been derived from the dataset for the publication extracted from the police national computer.

2. Information on the previous criminal history of offenders under community supervision at end 2008 will be published in Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2008 on 31 July 2009.

The case load figures can be found in Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2007 at:

www.justice.gov.uk/publications/docs/omcs2007.pdf

and in the Probation Statistics Quarterly Brief October to December 2008 at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/docs/quarterly-probation-brief-q4-2008.pdf

The police national computer is an administrative IT system which, as with any large scale recording system, is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the police.