Prison Sentences: Wales

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 8th December 2017.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Welsh women have been sentenced to prison in the last 12 months.

Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of Welsh women sentenced to prison per month is.

Photo of Phillip Lee Phillip Lee The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice does not collect information on which country within the United Kingdom British citizens identify with. However, the number of female offenders sentenced to custody at all courts in Wales, in 2016, by month, can be viewed in the table below. Due to this, we cannot separately identify which of these women identify as Welsh.

Female offenders sentenced to immediate custody at all courts, Wales, 2016, by month (1)(2)

Sentenced

Of which immediate custody

January

2,167

47

February

2,344

47

March

2,522

52

April

2,344

53

May

2,295

48

June

2,574

50

July

1,983

63

August

2,577

53

September

2,377

65

October

1,996

53

November

2,289

51

December

1,753

41

Total

27,201

623

(1) The sentence shown is the most severe sentence given for the principal offence (i.e. the principal sentence), secondary sentences given for the principal offence and sentences for non-principal offences are not counted in the tables.

(2) 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.

We are committed to doing all we can to address the issues around female offending so we can better protect the public and deliver more effective rehabilitation. We also are developing a strategy for female offenders, in England and Wales, to improve outcomes for women in the community and custody.

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