Prison Sentences: Wales

Justice written question – answered on 5th July 2010.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many men of (a) between 15 and 17, (b) between 18 and 20 and (c) over 20 years were sentenced to custody by courts in North Wales in the last 10 years.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The requested information is shown in the following table.

Males sentenced to a custodial sentence( 1) in North Wales, by age, 1998-2008
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008( 2)
Immediate Custody
Age 15-17 48 66 61 63 64 71 65 62 84 64 69
Age 18-20 159 174 170 154 142 123 188 176 203 195 213
Over 20 871 868 857 771 833 806 820 854 748 738 845
Suspended sentence
Age 15-17 - - - - - - - - - - -
Age 18-20 - - - - - - - 13 71 79 77
Over 20 33 35 24 29 25 18 29 151 343 407 406
(1) Includes both immediate and suspended custodial sentences

(2) Following the introduction of the Libra case management system during 2008, offenders at magistrates courts can now be recorded as sex 'Not Stated' or 'Other', as well as 'Male', 'Female'. In 2008 1.5% of offenders sentenced were recorded as sex 'Not Stated'. Detailed comparisons by gender may be no longer be valid.

Court Categorisation

Crown Courts: area categorisation based on the prosecuting police force area (which is not necessarily the area of the sentencing court). If another agency has brought the prosecution, area categorisation is based on the criminal justice area of the sentencing court.

Magistrates Courts: As part of the rollout of the Libra case management system in magistrates' courts during 2008, a change was made to the categorisation by area. Sentences given at courts using the Libra system are categorised according to the criminal justice area of the court while others are categorised in the same way as the Crown Court. By the end of 2008, all magistrates' courts were using Libra. Police forces do not prosecute minor offences (those that are sentenced at magistrates' courts) outside their areas. Only around 0.01% of sentences at magistrates courts were affected in 2007 and 2008.

Police force areas correspond to criminal justice areas except for the Metropolitan and City of London Police, which are combined to form the London criminal justice area.

This data has been taken from the Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings database. This data is presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed. Where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.