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Community Orders

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Rob Flello Rob Flello Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people aged (a) 10 to 15, (b) 16 to 18 and (c) 18 to 21 years and sentenced to community orders were sentenced to (i) unpaid work for up to 300 hours, (ii) specific activities, such as developing skills or making amends to their victim, (iii) undertaking a particular programme to help change offending behaviour, (iv) prohibition from doing particular activities, (v) adherence to a curfew, requiring the offender to be in a particular place at certain times, (vi) an exclusion requirement, prohibiting the offender from going to particular places, (vii) a residence requirement, obliging the offender to live at a particular address, (viii) mental health treatment with the offender's consent, (ix) a drug rehabilitation requirement with the offender's consent, (x) an alcohol treatment requirement with the offender's consent and (xi) supervision by the Probation Service in each year since May 2005; and how many (A) completed and (B) failed to complete their sentence in each such year.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Table 1 provides information on the numbers of (a) 10 to 15, (b) 16 to 18 and (c) 18 to 21-year-olds sentenced at all courts to a community sentence, by age groups and type of community sentence, in England and Wales, 2005 to 2012. Centrally held sentencing data does not include information on the individual requirements attached to community orders.

Central data sources of starts of probation service supervision include information on the requirements attached to community orders for all offenders aged 18 and over. Offenders under the age of 18 are not subject to supervision by the probation service. Table 2 provides the number of requirements started as part of a community order by offenders aged 18-21 by type of requirement in England and Wales, 2005 to 2012. The total number of requirements started as part of a community order will be greater than the number of community order starts in any year because an offender may have one or more requirement attached to an order.

Termination rates of individual requirements are not available from centrally held probation data sources. Nationally, 66% of community orders given to offenders of all ages ran their full course or terminated early due to good progress.

The Government is committed to strengthening community sentences, so that they combine robust punishment with requirements that are effective at preventing further offending and which provide reparation to victims and communities. At a time when crime is falling we have increased the length and duration of curfews, given courts greater flexibility to impose programme and treatment requirements, and made the delivery of community payback swifter and more intensive. Provisions in the Crime and Courts Act 2013 will ensure that all community orders contain a punitive element, give courts new powers to electronically monitor the location of offenders, and increase the use of pre-sentence restorative justice.

General information on the completion rates of offending behaviour programmes are available within the NOMS Annual Report Management Information Addendum 2011-12:


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.

Tables 1 and 2 will be placed in the Library of the House.

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