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Young Offenders: Greater London

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 October 2010, Official Report, columns 170-1W, on young offenders: sentencing, how many (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14, (d) 15, (e) 16, (f) 17, (g) 18 and (h) 19-year-olds who had previously been resident in a London borough and who had been convicted for non-violent crimes were given community sentences in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009. (323893)

I have been asked to reply.

The available information is provided in the table. Data for 2009 will be available when “Sentencing Statistics 2009” is published later this year.

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 London criminal justice areas.

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.

Number of persons sentenced to community sentences for non-violent indictable offences1 by age in London criminal justice area, 2007-08

Age

2007

2008

12

126

78

13

345

311

14

780

717

15

1,181

1,037

16

1,437

1,311

17

1,391

1,423

18

578

498

19

468

445

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. 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. These data have been taken from the Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings database. 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.

3. Sentences at the Crown Court are categorised according to the police force that prosecuted the offence including those sentences that may be given at a court outside the prosecuting police force’s area. The statistics are presented by criminal justice area. Police force areas correspond to criminal justice areas except for the Metropolitan and City of London Police, which are combined to form the London criminal justice area. Prosecutions brought by agencies other than the police are categorised according to the criminal justice area of the sentencing court. In the case of sentences at magistrates courts, a change was made to the categorisation by area as part of the rollout of the Libra case management system in magistrates courts during 2008. Sentences given at courts using the Libra system are categorised according to the criminal justice area of the court while sentences given at courts not yet using the Libra system are categorised in the same way as at the Crown Court. By the end of 2006, all magistrates courts were using Libra. This change will have almost no impact on the categorisation by area; only around 0.01 per cent. of sentences at magistrates courts could have been affected in 2007 and 2008. Police forces do not prosecute minor offences (those that are sentenced at magistrates courts) in courts outside their areas.

Source:

Justice Statistics—Analytical Services. Ministry of Justice