Sentencing

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 15th January 2019.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number was of offences committed by a prolific offender before their first custodial sentence.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The average number of cautions and non-custodial convictions received by a prolific offender before their first immediate custodial sentence is five.

The definition of a prolific offender can be found here : https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/681553/prolific-offenders-15-feb-2017.pdf )

The response to this PQ was published in paper which can be found at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/756282/prolific-offenders-experimental-statistics.pdf.

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