Prison Sentences

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 31st July 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 people sentenced to an immediate custodial sentence for the first time for (a) possession of a blade or point, (b) possession of an offensive weapon, (c) common assault, (d) assaulting a police officer, (e) sexual assault, (f) public order, (g) theft, (h) robbery, (i) burglary, (j) drugs, (k) criminal damage, (l) breach of and anti-social behaviour order, (m) fraud and (n) vehicle taking had (i) no, (ii) between one and four, (iii) between five and nine, (iv) between 10 and 15, (v) between 16 and 25, (vi) between 26 and 50, (vii) between 51 and 75, (viii) between 76 and 100 and (ix) 101 or more convictions and cautions for previous offences of any type in each year since 2007.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of previous (a) cautions and (b) convictions offenders had before being sentenced to an immediate custodial sentence for the first time for (i) possession of a blade or point, (ii) possession of an offensive weapon, (iii) common assault, (iv) assaulting a police officer, (v) sexual assault, (vi) public order, (vii) theft, (viii) robbery, (ix) burglary, (x) drugs, (xi) criminal damage, (xii) breach of anti social behaviour order, (xiii) fraud and (xiv) vehicle taking in each year since 2007.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The information requested is provided in the tables attached with this answer. These tables include data, covering the period 2007 – 2018, on:

  • The number of offenders with a specified number of previous convictions and cautions for any offence, who were sentenced to immediate custody for the first time for a specified offence.
  • The average number of previous convictions for any offence, and the average number of previous cautions for any offence, for offenders who were sentenced to immediate custody for the first time for a specified offence.

This data is not regularly published or held in an easily accessible format. The information supplied has been sourced from a number of complicated retrievals from the Police National Computer database.

Table (Excel SpreadSheet, 25.47 KB)

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