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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

February 23, 2005: New Sentencing Figures Published

Sentencing statistics for 2003 for England and Wales have just been published by the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate.

Key points include:

  • A total of 1,489,827offenders were sentenced in 2003. This was the largest figure recorded in the last ten years, and an increase of 5% over 2002. The increase is though to be mainly accounted for by the rise in summary offences, particularly motoring offences.
  • The total number sentenced for indictable offences fell by 0.8% to 333,930.
  • A total of 1,413,764 offenders were sentenced at magistrates’ courts in 2003.
  • A total of 76,063 offenders were sentenced at Crown Court in 2003.
  • The total number of male offenders sentenced was 1,219,195.
  • The total number of female offenders sentenced was 260,617.
  • The total number of juveniles (aged 10–17) sentenced was 92,531.
  • The total number of young adults (aged 18–20) sentenced was162,067.
  • The total number of adults (aged 21 and over) sentenced was1,225,214.
  • The total number of offenders sentenced to immediate custody increased by 83% from 1993 to 2003.

Overall, the number of offenders sentenced to immediate custody decre