Prison Sentences: York

Justice written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation, NATO Parliamentary Assembly (President)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many custodial sentences were handed down at (a) York Magistrates Court and (b) York Crown Court in each year since 2008.

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

Sentencing is entirely a matter for the courts, taking account of all the circumstances of each case.

Since 2010, crime has continued to fall and fewer individuals are entering the criminal justice system for the first time. Defendants are now more likely to be convicted for committing crime and sent to prison for longer than they were a decade ago. In addition, criminals convicted since 2010 are more likely to receive an immediate custodial sentence, both overall and for a first time offence.

The number of offenders given a custodial sentence at (a) York magistrates court and (b) York Crown court each year from 2008 to 2013 can be viewed in the table.

The number of persons sentenced to custodial sentenced to a custodial sentence at York magistrates courts1 and York Crown court2 from 2008 to 20133, 4
  Magistrates courts Crown court
2008 188 351
2009 249 440
2010 259 372
2011 255 441
2012 257 360
2013 211 335
1 Includes magistrates courts falling with the York and Selby Local Justice Area (LJA). As of 1 January 2012 Selby LJA and York LJA merged to into York and Selby LJA. 2 Figures specific to York Crown court. 3 The statistics 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 the principal offence 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. 4 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. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice.

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