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Publication - Statistics

Criminal proceedings in Scotland: 2018-2019

Published: 31 Mar 2020

Statistics are presented on criminal proceedings concluded in Scottish courts and on a range of measures available as alternatives to prosecution, which are issued by the police and by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Table 10(a) People receiving a custodial sentence by main crime/offence and length of sentence, 2018-191

  (Numbers) (Percentages)
Main crime or offence Total Up to 3 months Over 3 months to 6 months Over 6 months to 1 year Over 1 year to 2 years Over 2 years to less than 4 years 4 years and over Life Average length of sentence (days)2,3 Up to 3 months Over 3 months to 6 months Over 6 months to 1 year Over 1 year to 2 years Over 2 years to less than 4 years 4 years and over including life etc
All crimes and offences 12,192 3,142 4,279 2,162 1,468 644 460 37 326 26 35 18 12 5 4
All crimes 8,256 2,221 2,441 1,332 1,223 573 429 37 383 27 30 16 15 7 6
Non-sexual crimes of violence 1,026 5 56 136 387 217 189 36 919 * 5 13 38 21 22
Homicide etc 60 - - 1 1 4 18 36 2,312 - - 2 2 7 90
Attempted murder and serious assault 649 2 35 82 268 135 127 - 914 * 5 13 41 21 20
Robbery 278 3 15 48 107 70 35 - 797 1 5 17 38 25 13
Other non-sexual crimes of violence 39 - 6 5 11 8 9 - 1,022 - 15 13 28 21 23
Sexual crimes 467 11 36 77 103 74 166 - 1,306 2 8 16 22 16 36
Rape and attempted rape 142 - - 1 7 9 125 - 2,626 - - 1 5 6 88
Sexual assault 123 4 8 25 36 31 19 - 828 3 7 20 29 25 15
Crimes associated with prostitution - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Other sexual crimes 202 7 28 51 60 34 22 - 689 3 14 25 30 17 11
Crimes of dishonesty 3,402 1,178 1,319 573 251 77 4 - 190 35 39 17 7 2 *
Housebreaking 499 28 91 162 168 49 1 - 407 6 18 32 34 10 *
Theft by opening lockfast places 74 10 37 21 5 1 - - 216 14 50 28 7 1 -
Theft from a motor vehicle 54 13 24 10 3 4 - - 236 24 44 19 6 7 -
Theft of a motor vehicle 80 10 42 19 7 2 - - 221 13 53 24 9 3 -
Shoplifting 1,819 856 788 171 4 - - - 118 47 43 9 * - -
Other theft 535 133 256 118 22 6 - - 175 25 48 22 4 1 -
Fraud 114 12 27 44 18 12 1 - 355 11 24 39 16 11 1
Other dishonesty 227 116 54 28 24 3 2 - 213 51 24 12 11 1 1
Fire-raising, vandalism, etc. 334 81 123 55 47 18 10 - 308 24 37 16 14 5 3
Fire-raising 72 - 6 16 35 8 7 - 669 - 8 22 49 11 10
Vandalism etc. 262 81 117 39 12 10 3 - 209 31 45 15 5 4 1
Other crimes 3,027 946 907 491 435 187 60 1 292 31 30 16 14 6 2
Crimes against public justice 1,533 765 551 153 52 10 2 - 136 50 36 10 3 1 *
Handling offensive weapons 601 40 175 169 171 44 2 - 358 7 29 28 28 7 *
Drugs 856 137 160 167 211 132 49 - 513 16 19 20 25 15 6
Other crime 37 4 21 2 1 1 7 1 531 11 57 5 3 3 22
All offences 3,936 921 1,838 830 245 71 31 - 207 23 47 21 6 2 1
Miscellaneous offences 3,490 865 1,646 674 211 64 30 - 204 25 47 19 6 2 1
Common assault 1,637 261 754 419 144 48 11 - 238 16 46 26 9 3 1
Breach of the peace etc. 1,601 535 782 217 54 11 2 - 155 33 49 14 3 1 *
Drunkenness and other disorderly conduct - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Other miscellaneous, including urinating 252 69 110 38 13 5 17 - 300 27 44 15 5 2 7
Motor vehicle offences 446 56 192 156 34 7 1 - 229 13 43 35 8 2 *
Dangerous and careless driving 154 14 46 57 30 6 1 - 312 9 30 37 19 4 1
Driving under the influence 70 11 46 13 - - - - 153 16 66 19 - - -
Speeding - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Unlawful use of motor vehicle 219 29 99 86 4 1 - - 198 13 45 39 2 * -
Vehicle defect offences - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Other motor vehicle offences4 3 2 1 - - - - - 99 67 33 - - - -

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

2. Excludes life sentences.

3. Average sentence length figures for some categories may be underestimated slightly due to late recording of some high court disposals.

4. Includes seat belt and mobile phone offences.


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