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People receiving a custodial sentence by length of sentence: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

People receiving a custodial sentence by length of sentence: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/18/03145
Date received: 26 October 2018
Date responded: 26 November 2018
 
Information requested

You asked ‘for the years 2013 - 2017 inc. can you provide the following information please:

1. The total number of offenders who have received a  custodial sentence of 18 months and under.

2. The total number of offenders who have received a custodial sentence of 18 months to life.

Response
 

The answer to your question is provided in the following table by financial year, from 2013-14 to 2016-17. 

People receiving a custodial sentence by length of sentence, 2012-13 to 2016-17

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Totals 1,2

  14,769

         14,139

         14,007

         13,736

         12,649

18 months and under

  13,009

         12,400

         12,370

         12,053

         10,968

Over 18 months

    1,711

           1,693

           1,605

           1,656

           1,651

Life

          49

                 46

                 32

                 27

                 30

1. Excludes a small number of cases which resulted in detention of a child under 16 , recall sentences and a small number of records we do not have sentence information for.

2. Includes orders for life-long restriction, see explanation below.

Source: Scottish Government Criminal Proceedings database.

You may be interested to know that we publish various information on custodial sentences in tables 7a to 10d of our Criminal Proceedings publication, this can be viewed online at: https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/Datasets/DatasetsCrimProc/tab1617CP.

Information for 2017-18 will not be available until publication of the Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2017-18 statistical bulletin. This is due to be published in early 2019. 

The dates of all Scottish Government Official and National Statistics publications are pre-announced, and the up to date list of future publications can be found at: https://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/ForthcomingPubs

Note:

Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLRs):

An OLR is a lifelong sentence put in place to protect the public. It is a sentence of imprisonment which can be imposed on people convicted of serious violent or sexual offences, other than murder, at the High Court. The judge must set a ‘punishment part’ of the OLR which is the minimum time the offender must spend in prison before being considered by the Parole Board for Scotland for release into the community. If offenders are considered to be safe to serve the rest of their sentence in the community, once they are released they will remain under the intensive supervision of a criminal justice social worker. If the person commits another crime, they can be sent back to prison. See the law for more. Offenders under the age of 21 are sent to a young offenders’ institution rather than prison.

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