Convictions: Sentencing

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of convicted offenders did not receive an immediate custodial sentence for (a) drug offences, (b) possession of weapons, (c) robbery, (d) sexual offences, (e) theft and (f) violence against the person in each year since 2007.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice has published information regarding sentencing outcomes for drug, possession of weapons, robbery, sexual, theft and violence against the person offences in England and Wales from 2008 to 2018, which be found at the following link –

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/802314/outcomes-by-offence-tool-2018.xlsx

In each case, in the ‘Offence group’ field, filter by -

’06: Drug offences’

’07: Possession of weapons’

’03: Robbery’

’02: Sexual offences’

’04: Theft offences’

’01: Violence against the person to obtain these figures.

In each case, to obtain the number of offenders who received a non-custodial sentence, subtract ‘Total Immediate Custody’ from ‘Sentenced’, both of which can be found in rows 26 and 36 in the pivot table, respectively.

In each case, to obtain the proportion of offenders who received a non-custodial sentence, divide the number of sentenced offenders who did not receive an immediate custodial sentence by ‘Sentenced’.

Note that the figures cover the 2008-2018 decade and all figures and proportions calculated are based on those who were sentenced. To view the figures for 2007, please use the following older version of the data tool –

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/733981/outcomes-by-offence-tool-2017-update.xlsx and repeat the steps quoted above to obtain the required figures.

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