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Sentencing: Young Offenders

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number of days was between arrest and sentence of persistent young offenders in England and Wales by (a) magistrate courts and (b) Crown courts in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [197316]


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Mr. Hanson: Overall statistics on Persistent Young Offenders (PYOs) are available from 1997 to 2007. However, figures split by court type, as requested in the question, are only available from 1999 onward.

These figures are derived from Police National Computer data, and used to monitor the pledge to halve the average time from arrest to sentence for dealing with PYOs in England and Wales from 142 days in 1996 to 71 days.

The following table shows the number of PYO cases heard, and the average time interval (in days) from arrest to sentence for dealing with these juvenile offenders in England and Wales. It also provides a breakdown based on whether the cases were heard in the magistrates courts or in the Crown court.


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Average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders
All c ourts Magistrates courts The Crown court
Cases Days Cases Days Cases Days

1997

16,010

141

1998

18,605

125

1999

21,151

108

18,851

96

2,271

212

2000

23,130

93

21,145

82

1,976

218

2001

25,393

76

23,752

68

1,632

196

2002

26,116

68

24,280

61

1,829

174

2003

26,083

66

24,480

58

1,588

187

2004

26,363

69

24,698

61

1,653

186

2005

27,037

68

25,498

60

1,526

191

2006

28,252

72

26,529

63

1,704

214

2007

30,683

65

28,904

57

1,769

206

Note:
The Police National Computer data can contain records where the type of court in which the case was heard was unknown. This missing information only impacts a very small minority of cases, and was more a feature of the data in the past than in the present. Thus, the sum of cases heard in magistrates courts and the Crown court in each year is less than all cases heard in England and Wales.

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) publishes the data in the above table as National Statistics. Further information on persistent young offenders can be found on the dedicated page of the MOJ website:


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