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Custodial Treatment

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people (a) of each sex and (b) in each age band were sentenced to immediate custody for non-violent and non-sexual offences in each year since 1997; (295819)

(2) how many people (a) of either sex and (b) in each age band were in custody for non-violent and non-sexual offences in each year since 1997.

The information requested for how many people of each sex and in each age band were sentenced to immediate custody for non-violent and non-sexual offences in each year since 1997 is shown in table 1.

Table 1: Number of people sentenced to immediate custody, by sex and age for non violent and non sexual offences since 1997

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Male

10-17

4,009

3,991

4,055

3,747

3,676

3,439

2,896

2,815

2,619

2,681

2,522

18-20

8,853

9,381

9,669

9,776

9,121

8,519

7,065

6,718

6,255

6,116

6/412

21 and over

38,150

41,228

42,557

43,105

42,842

46,387

45,186

43,901

41,607

39,158

39,367

Total

51,012

54,600

56,281

56,628

55,639

58,345

55,147

53,434

50,481

47,955

48,301

Female

10-17

132

148

222

228

193

235

179

173

191

153

176

18-20

418

617

687

822

765

751

681

507

535

507

417

21 and over

3,545

4,221

4,860

4,920

5,112

5,585

5,664

5,646

5,134

4,953

5,026

Total

4,095

4,986

5,769

5,970

6,070

6,571

6,524

6,326

5,860

5,613

5,619

Source:

OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice

These figures are based on published figures in “Sentencing Statistics 2007” pivot tables at;

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

They include all categories in published figures except totals for violence against the person, robbery, and sexual offences, and summary offences.

The table shows the number of persons sentenced to immediate custody for non violent and non sexual offences, by sex and age. The data are presented on the principal offence basis: where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty 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.

Table 2 shows the prison population in all prison establishments in England and Wales sentenced for non-violent and non-sexual offences, in each year since 2003, the earliest available year.

Table 2: Prisoners sentenced for non violent and non-sexual offences

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Male

15-17

936

876

929

882

857

844

633

Young adults (18-20)

3,272

3,075

2,843

2,744

3,023

3,018

3,012

Adults (21 and over)

25,836

26,351

26,209

26,076

25,654

26,572

25,605

Total

30,044

30,302

29,981

29,702

29,534

30,434

29,250

Female

15-17

26

37

16

23

23

26

17

Young adults (18-20)

209

185

157

158

132

169

111

Adults (21 and over)

2,299

2,207

2,285

2,297

2,145

2,219

2,028

Total

2,534

2,429

2,458

2,478

2,300

2,414

2,156

These figures are based on those published at the following websites:

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

and

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

where sub-totals for violence against the person, sexual offences, and robbery have been excluded. Juveniles in Secure Training Centres and Local Authority Secure Children's Homes are excluded.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.