6 Structured deferred sentences
6.1 Structured deferred sentences offer courts the option to provide a short period of intensive supervision to individuals post-conviction but prior to final sentencing.
6.2 There were 890 structured deferred sentences imposed in Scotland in 2019-20, an increase of eight per cent on 2018-19. These were imposed in just over half of all council areas in both 2018-19 and 2019-20. In 2019-20, three-quarters of sentences were for males, while 35 per cent were aged 25 or under and 24 per cent were aged over 40.
6.3 Guidance on structured deferred sentences in Scotland was published in February 2021.
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