Offenders: Sentencing

Justice written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were granted reductions in sentences for guilty pleas in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Table 2.19 of the Ministry of Justice annual publication 'Sentencing Statistics 2006' shows the number of persons sentenced for indictable offences broken down by plea:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/docs/sentencing-stats2006.pdf

It is not possible to be certain that all those who plead guilty are granted reductions in their sentences. However, the Sentencing Guidelines Council guidelines on guilty pleas say that a reduction should be considered by the sentencer when a defendant pleads guilty.

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