Sentencing (Female Offenders) — [Sandra Osborne in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 16th October 2012.

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Photo of Jenny Chapman Jenny Chapman Shadow Minister (Justice) 2:30 pm, 16th October 2012

May I explain again? I am talking about the first offence and the same offence. The hon. Gentleman has figures for first-time offending overall and for different categories of offence. However, if we take the same offence for men and for women—the first conviction—women are more likely to get a custodial sentence.