Prison Sentences

Justice written question – answered on 27th February 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number of previous convictions is of prisoners given an indeterminate sentence for public protection.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The average number of previous convictions for offenders serving an indeterminate sentence for public protection in England and Wales at 30 June 2010 is 10. This is the latest available figure and is a further breakdown of table A1.27 in “Offender Management Statistics Quarterly Bulletin—Annual Tables” which was published on 28 April 2011.

These 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.

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