The table gives the percentage of the sentenced prison population with at least one previous sentence of imprisonment. The latest year for which figures are available is 2002. We do not have data readily available on previous sentences of imprisonment for those in prison 10 years earlier. The data for 1996 are shown as the earliest year for which these data are available.
|No previous sentence of imprisonment||38||46|
|At least one previous sentence of imprisonment||53||45|
(24) Based on a sample of those in prison under sentence on the
(25) Data on the criminal history of the sentenced prison population are taken from the Offenders Index. It was not possible to find data on the criminal history of all convicted prisoners.