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Sentencing: Females

Attorney-General written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of the cases that he (a) was referred and (b) took up regarding unduly lenient sentences related to female offenders in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Solicitor-General

The total number of cases received in 2012 (by offender), that the Attorney-General and I considered was 344. Of those, 34 were female offenders, that is, 10%.

Five of the female offenders were referred to the Court of Appeal out of 88 offenders in total (including those subsequently withdrawn). Therefore, 5.7% of the total number of offenders whose sentences were referred to the Court were female.

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