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Drugs: Sentencing

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons are serving a custodial sentence for (a) drug and (b) alcohol-related offences, broken down by (i) age, (ii) sex and (iii) offence. [194755]

Paul Goggins: Table 1 gives the total number of sentenced prisoners currently in prison in Northern Ireland as at 19 March 2008, where the main sentence being served is for a drugs related offence. Table 1 has been split to provide the age group and gender breakdown of these prisoners.

Tables 2 and 3 give a separate breakdown for males and females by age group and the individual drug related offences for which they have been sentenced. It should be noted that since individual prisoners may have been sentenced for multiple drug offences, the total numbers referred to in Tables 2 and 3 reflect the number of individual offences rather than individual prisoners sentenced.

The Prison Service database does not record information on the number of prisoners in custody for alcohol-related offences.


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Table 1: Sentenced prisoners in custody in Northern Ireland on 19 March 2008, where the main sentence being served is for a drugs related offence, broken down by age group and gender
Age
16-20 21-25 26-30 31 -35 36-40 4 -45 46-50 51+ Total

Male

2

3

17

10

9

8

2

5

56

Female

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

Total

2

3

18

11

9

8

2

5

58


Table 2: Drug related sentences being served by male prisoners in custody( 1) in Northern Ireland on 19 March 2008, broken down by age group
Age
16-20 21 -25 26-30 31 -35 36-40 41-45 46-50 51+ Total

Attempted possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply

1

1

Being concerned in supply of a controlled drug

1

1

Conspiracy to supply class A drugs

2

2

Conspiracy to possess drugs

1

1

Cultivating cannabis

1

2

1

4

Exporting controlled drugs

1

1

Fraud exporting class C controlled drugs

2

2

Fraud importing class A controlled drugs

1

1

1

3

Importing controlled drugs

1

1

Possession of class A controlled drug with intent to supply

4

10

3

5

2

2

3

29

Possession of class B controlled drug with intent to supply

1

3

1

1

1

7

Possession of class C controlled drug with intent to supply

1

12

1

3

3

2

1

23

Possession of class A controlled drugs

1

3

6

5

3

2

5

3

28

Possession of class B controlled drugs

3

1

1

1

2

1

9

Possession of class C controlled drugs

2

9

3

6

1

2

1

24

Producing class C controlled drugs

1

1

Supplying class A controlled drugs

2

4

1

1

1

2

11

Supplying class C controlled drugs

1

1

1

1

4

Total

2

13

46

22

23

16

16

14

152

(1) This relates solely to prisoners where the main offence being served is for a drugs related offence.

Table 3: Drug related sentences being served by female prisoners in custody( 1) in Northern Ireland on 19 March 2008, broken down by age group
Age
16-20 21-25 26-30 31-35 36-40 41-45 46-50 51+ Total

Importing controlled drugs

1

1

Possession of class A controlled drug with intent to supply

1

1

Total

1

1

2

(1) This relates solely to prisoners where the main offence being served is for a drugs related offence.

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