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Prison Sentences

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 275835, tabled on 10 July 2019

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.

Answered on

31 July 2019

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.

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