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Young Offenders: Sentencing

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2009, Official Report, column 269W, on young offenders: sentencing, what percentage of offenders aged (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14, (d) 15, (e) 16, (f) 17, (g) 18 and (h) 19 years who had previously been resident in a London borough and who had been convicted for non-violent crimes were given community sentences in each of the last five years. (290189)

The available information is shown in the following table. The table shows the percentage of those sentenced to community sentence by age in the last five years, for non-violent indictable offences. Figures for those previously resident in a London borough are not available, as places of residence are not recorded on the court proceedings database. The table shows those sentenced in the Metropolitan and City of London police force areas.

Percentage of persons sentenced to community sentences for non-violent indictable offences1 in the last five years, by age in London police force areas

Age

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

12

91.4

91.0

91.3

92.3

96.9

13

86.6

91.3

90.1

87.3

92.5

14

77.1

82.5

86.5

86.6

86.2

15

71.5

75.4

75.0

77.9

78.0

16

66.1

67.3

68.0

68.9

72.1

17

58.4

55.9

59.5

59.5

59.5

18

25.7

29.3

31.1

27.9

30.3

19

24.1

28.9

28.2

25.5

23.7

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 definition of non-violent offences are all those indictable offences not included in the offence type, ‘Violence Against the Person’. Summary offences have not been included as they are not categorised into violent or non-violent offences. 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. Data for 2008 will not be available until ‘Sentencing Statistics 2008’ is published.