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Prison Sentences

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many indeterminate sentences for public protection were given tariffs of 23 months or less in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008. (310660)

The number of offenders sentenced to an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) with a tariff of 23 months or less sentenced in each of the years requested is shown in the following table:

IPPs sentenced with a tariff of 23 months or less

Number

2005

196

2006

529

2007

547

2008

365

These figures exclude those sentenced to an indeterminate sentence for public protection who subsequently had their sentence quashed.

By virtue of provisions in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, which took effect from 14 July 2008, an IPP may not be passed where the minimum tariff is less than two years, except where offenders have committed extremely serious crimes in the past.

The figures in the table above are taken from the Public Protection Unit Database in the National Offender Management Service, and, as with any large scale recording system, it is subject to possible errors arising from either data entry or processing.