Crimes of Violence: Sentencing

Justice written question – answered on 9th June 2009.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Secretary of State

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of those offenders sentenced for violence against the person or sexual offences received (a) a custodial sentence and (b) a non-custodial sentence or other disposal in each of the last two years.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number and percentage of offenders sentenced for violence against the person or sexual offences receiving custodial and non-custodial sentences, 2000-07
2008 2007
Offenders Percentage of offenders Offenders Percentage of offenders
Violence against the person
Custodial sentences:
Immediate custody 12,354 29.5 12,535 29.8
Suspended sentence 5,569 13.3 7,167 17.0
Non-custodial sentences 23,982 57.2 22,377 53.2
Total number sentenced 41,906 100 42,079 100
Sexual offences
Custodial sentences:
Immediate custody 2,808 569 2.810 55.6
Suspended sentence 296 60 439 8.7
Non-custodial sentences 1,828 37.1 1,805 35.7
Total number sentenced 4,932 100 5,054 100

1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems.

2. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.


OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice

These figures can all be found in table 1.2 of Sentencing Statistics 2007 available at the following link:

These data are based on the principal offence. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence it is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed, where the same sentence has been imposed for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.

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