Just one criminal jailed for every 93 crimes
Just one criminal is jailed for every 93 offences committed, figures showed.
By Tom Whitehead, Home Affairs Editor 4:43PM BST 26 May 2011
A total of 101,500 offenders who were convicted last year were handed an immediate custodial sentence – representing less than eight per cent of all those sentenced, according to the Ministry of Justice.
But separate figures from the British Crime Survey show a total 9.5 million crimes were committed in England and Wales during the last 12 months.
The annual criminal justice statistics also revealed that the proportion of serial offenders has risen sharply in the last decade.
Offenders with at least 15 previous convictions to their name now make up 29 per cent of those convicted in the crown courts, compared to just 17 per cent in 2000.
Jonathan Djanogly, the justice minister, said: “These statistics show that the number of criminals committing multiple crimes has risen dramatically over the last decade.
“This is further evidence that we need urgent reform to tackle reoffending and so cut crime.
“The justice system must continue to properly punish the guilty and protect communities by locking up serious and dangerous criminals. But it also needs to address reoffending by putting in place demanding programmes of both punishment and reform.
“Prisons must become places of hard work and sentences must be designed to properly tackle the root causes of crime, such as drug and alcohol misuse or mental illness.”
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