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Custodial Treatment: York

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received a custodial sentence at York (a) magistrates court and (b) Crown court in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available; and what the average length of sentence at each court was in each such period. (322126)

The available information is provided in the following table:

Total custodial sentences in the magistrates court and crown court and the average custodial sentence length (months)1, 1997to 2008

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Crown court

Total sentenced

539

637

659

676

641

643

593

610

678

713

673

753

Total immediate custody

282

359

376

397

448

407

360

415

448

417

387

351

Total suspended sentences

21

14

24

8

9

14

12

17

11

97

131

136

Average custodial sentence length (months)

17.5

19.1

19.3

20.5

20.9

25.4

26.5

25.3

25.5

24.7

26.6

21.3

Magistrates court

Total sentenced

3,724

3,891

4,376

3,153

2,858

2,375

2,607

2,716

2,959

2,384

2,285

2,755

Total immediate custody

108

161

227

239

202

139

196

228

200

118

119

164

Total suspended sentences

0

4

1

2

1

2

4

0

36

98

73

89

Average custodial sentence length (months)

3.1

3.2

2.7

3.0

3.2

3.4

3.0

2.9

2.8

2.9

2.6

2.4

1 Excludes life and indeterminate sentences. Suspended sentence orders were introduced in April 2005. Notes: 1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. 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. 2. The data have been taken from the Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings database. 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 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.