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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 13th November 2018.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Since the introduction of the minimum custodial term in 2015, people who are caught for repeat possession of a knife are now more likely to go to prison. Recent statistics show that 83% of offenders received a custodial sentence, which is an increase from 68% in the year ending June 2015. It is also worth pointing out that average custodial lengths are also going up—from 7.1 months in the year ending June 2017, to 7.9 months in the year ending June 2018.