Community Orders

Justice written question – answered on 13th July 2010.

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Photo of George Howarth George Howarth Labour, Knowsley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people who received a custodial sentence of six months or less in the last 12 months were convicted of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) burglary, (d) robbery, (e) theft and handling stolen goods, (f) fraud and forgery, (g) criminal damage, (h) drug offences, (i) motoring offences and (j) other offences; and how many people who received a community sentence in the last 12 months were convicted of each of those types of offence.

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

The available information is in the following table. The most recent 12 months for which data is available is 2008, data for 2009 will become available when 'Sentencing Statistics 2009' is published later in the year.

Community sentences and immediate custodial sentences of six months or less for ail offences, by offence type, 2008
Custodial sentences Community sentences Total sentenced
Violence against the person 4,742 15,610 41,442
Sexual offences 285 1,370 5,140
Burglary 3,563 9,401 23,651
Robbery 317 2,832 8,495
Theft and handling stolen goods 18,515 40,785 110,348
Fraud and forgery 2,149 5,772 19,924
Criminal damage 564 4,194 9,574
Drug offences 1,781 12,272 52,911
Other (excluding motoring) indictable offences 5,207 9,315 39,802
Indictable motoring offences 493 1,231 4,613
Total indictable offences 37,616 102,782 315,900
Summary offences (excluding motoring) 14,083 65,687 493,943
Summary motoring offences 6,377 21,702 552,221
All offences 58,076 190,171 1,362,064

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

2. 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.

3. Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008.


Justice Statistics-Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice

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