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House of Commons Hansard
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Prison Accommodation
25 November 2009
Volume 501
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many adult prisoners who were sentenced to custody in an adult prison in each year since 1997 had already served sentences for previous convictions in (a) a secure training centre and (b) a young offender institution. [300801]

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The available information is shown in the following table.

Adult offenders receiving custodial sentences for indictable offence by the number of previous custodial sentences, 2000-07

Percentage and number of offenders

Number of previous custodial sentences

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

0

34

34

32

30

31

32

33

34

1

14

14

13

13

12

12

12

12

2

10

10

10

9

9

9

8

8

3+

41

42

45

48

47

48

47

46

All adult offenders (100%)

67,189

67,776

72,965

73,017

74,037

71,049

69,709

69,739

This table has been taken from data published in Chapter 6 of Sentencing Statistics 2007, available at:

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

The table shows the breakdown of how many previous custodial sentences adult offenders had received and covers all types of previous custodial sentences. Information about where the previous custodial sentences were served is not held in the data set used to produce the published tables. It is therefore not possible to identify how many previous custodial sentences had been served at secure training centres or young offender institutions.

These figures have been drawn from the police's administrative IT system 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.