Community Orders

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 23 April 2024.

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Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Labour, Mitcham and Morden

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average time from sentence to start of community payback in each year since 2015.

Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Labour, Mitcham and Morden

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have not completed their first session of community payback.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Year

Average days from sentence to start of Community Payback

Number of offenders who did not complete their first session of Community Payback

Total caseload

2021

87

8,830

44,108

2022

63

7,822

47,421

2023

37

6,604

48,058

The dataset includes all offenders starting an order with a community payback requirement between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2023. The start of the community payback requirement has been defined as either the first attended session of group work, or an individual placement, or the completion of Employment, Training and Education work.

There are a variety of reason why a person hasn't completed their first community payback session. These include receiving a custodial sentence or remanded into custody, recall to prison, a warrant for their arrest, deportation, suitability of sentence and non -compliance. For issues of suitability or non-compliance requirements are returned to court for appropriate action to be taken.

People whose first community payback session took place over a year from their order start date have been excluded from the average days calculation as additional court work would need to be completed to ensure that the first session was worked within a lawful period.

People who have not completed a first work session have also been excluded from the average day calculation, along with those where a first work session has been recorded after the community payback requirement was terminated.

The 2023 figure is subject to change as offenders sentenced in late 2023 will still have time to complete their first community payback session.

Centrally collected data are only available from 2021.

Between 2021 and 2023, a total of 23,256 offenders did not complete their first session of community payback.

This figure is subject to change as offenders sentenced in late 2023 will still have time to complete their first community payback session.

Data as at 15 April 2024. Data are sourced from nDelius and while these data have been assured as much as practical, as with any large administrative dataset, the data should not be assumed to be accurate to the last value presented.

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