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Previous Convictions

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) juvenile, (b) young and (c) adult offenders sentenced in 2008 had at least 15 previous convictions. (316326)

Figures for the number of persons sentenced for indictable offences in England and Wales in 2008 with at least 15 previous convictions are presented in the table.

Number of sentencing occasions for indictable offences in 2008 where the offender had at least 15 previous convictions, by age group, England and Wales

Age at sentence

Number of sentencing occasions1

Number of sentences where the offender had at least 15 previous convictions

Percentage

Juvenile (aged 10-17)

50,835

1,099

2.2

Young Adult (aged 18-20)

45,712

3,363

7.4

Adult (aged 21 and over)

228,945

77,037

33.6

Total2

325,616

81,504

25.0

1 Counts of offenders sentenced during the year, an offender may be counted more than once if he or she had been sentenced more than once.

2 Including offenders whose age at sentence had not been recorded on the PNC.

These figures are taken from table 6.4 of “Sentencing Statistics 2008” which was published on 28 January 2010 and can be found at:

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

The figures have been drawn from the police’s administrative IT system, the police national computer, 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.