To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are serving a sentence of less than (a) one year, (b) two years and (c) four years for (i) homicide, (ii) rape, (iii) attempted rape and (iv) a sexual offence involving children.
The following table gives figures as at
|Number of prisoners serving less than four years for specific offences|
|Sentence length||Murder||Conspire, aid, and incite to murder||Manslaughter||Causing death by reckless driving||Rape||Gross indecency, indecent assault of a child|
|Less than one year||0||0||0||2||21||5|
|1 to less than 2 years||0||0||7||26||13||34|
|2 to less than 4 years||0||3||62||104||104||165|
The table also shows number of prisoners serving determinate sentences for (iv) gross indecency with children. However, it is not possible to give a comprehensive total of sexual offence cases which involve offences against children, as other categories of offences do not define the age of the victim. To answer this part of the question comprehensively would involve a manual search of all the relevant prison records, at disproportionate cost.
The courts must impose a mandatory life sentence on any individual convicted of murder. This is the only sentence available for such a conviction.
These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.