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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Use of community sentences for women plummets

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Despite an increase in the number of women sentenced in English & Welsh courts between 2011-2015, the number of community sentences fell by 28%.

Freedom of Information

I was innocently perusing the latest Ministry of Justice Freedom of Information releases the other day when I came across an FOI about community sentences imposed on women.

Two surprising key facts stood out.

  1. The first is that the number of women dealt with by the courts has increased substantially over the last five years, despite an overall trend in the opposite direction.
  2. The second and even more surprising one is that the proportion of women dealt with by way of community sentence has fallen significantly over the same period.

The full facts and figures are in my infographic below. However, in summary:

The total number of women sentenced by all courts in England and Wales rose from 290,594 in 2011 to 310,374 in 2015.

But the total number of women given community sentences fell from 22,282 in 2011 to 15,981 in 2015; a fall of 28%.

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