Young Offenders: Sentencing

Justice written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Nick de Bois Nick de Bois Conservative, Enfield North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) young offenders and (b) juvenile offenders received sentences of (i) 10 years or more, (ii) 18 years or more and (iii) life in (A) 2009, (B) 2010 and (C) 2011.

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

The number of offenders sentenced to immediate custody, by age group and sentence length in England and Wales from 2009 to 2011 can be viewed in the following table:

Defendants sentenced to immediate custody(1) by age group and sentence length, England and Wales, 2009 to 2011(2, 3), England and Wales
Age group Custody length 2009 2010 2011
Juveniles(4) 10 years and up to 18 years 4 4 2
  18 years and over 1 0 0
  Life 50 60 44
Young offenders(5) 10 years and up to 18 years 26 24 32
  18 years and over 4 1 4
  Life 180 151 105
(1 )Includes: sentences imposed under sections 90-92 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000; indeterminate sentence for public protection; extended sentence for public protection; detention and training orders; young offenders institute; and unsuspended imprisonment. (2 )The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe. (3 )Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. (4 )Includes those between 10 and 17 years of age. (5 )Includes those between 18 and 20 years of age. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

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