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Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 280393, tabled on 22 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average sentence length in months was for people who pleaded guilty and received an immediate custodial sentence for (a) violence against the person (b) theft, (c) drug offences, (d) robbery, (e) common assault and battery, (f) burglary in a dwelling, (g) production, supply and possession with intent to supply a controlled drug - Class A, (h) possession of article with blade or point and (i) assaulting, resisting or obstructing a constable or designated officer and who 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 previous convictions in each of last 10 years.

Answered on

30 July 2019

Information on the average sentence length for offenders with a specified number of previous convictions for any offence who pleaded guilty to and received an immediate custodial sentence for a specified offence, covering the period 2009 – 2018, can be viewed in the attached table.