Sentencing

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of a sentence handed down was for each offence in (a) Crown and (b) magistrates' courts for (i) females and (ii) males in the most recent year for which figures are available.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Sentencing is a matter for our independent courts, taking into account all the facts of each case. Whilst crime is falling, offenders committing serious offences are more likely to go to prison and for longer.

The average custodial sentence length handed down for each offence in magistrates’ courts and at the Crown Court, by gender, in England and Wales, in 2014, is available on the Ministry of Justice website at the following link:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2014 . For magistrates’ court data select the “Magistrates’ court data tool” and for Crown Court data select the “Crown court data tool”.

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