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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07968: McArthur, Liam (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 9 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the briefing paper, Why focus on reducing women's imprisonment in Scotland?, by the Prison Reform Trust, which notes that, in 2014-15, 79% of prison sentences imposed on women were for low-level offences, what the rate (a) was in each year between 2010 and 2014 and (b) for men was in each year for these offences since 2010.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 22 March 2017

As published in the Scottish Government report "International Review of Custodial Models for Women" 79% of prison sentences imposed on women in 2013-14 were for low-level offences. This comprises crimes of dishonesty, common assault, breach of the peace and crimes of public justice (e.g. bail offences). The statistics requested, in line with this definition, are presented in the following table.

Custodial sentences by gender, 2009-10 to 2015-16

 

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All custodial sentences for low level offences 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Male Person

9,467

9,346

9,634

9,165

8,805

8,935

8,689

Female Person

930

925

1,034

999

956

1,052

941

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All custodial sentences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Male Person

14,522

14,018

14,582

13,499

12,959

12,742

12,548

Female Person

1,280

1,302

1,368

1,290

1,213

1,293

1,187

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage low level offences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Male Person

65%

67%

66%

68%

68%

70%

69%

Female Person

73%

71%

76%

77%

79%

81%

79%

Source: Criminal Proceedings database

1 - Comprises crimes of dishonesty, common assault, breach of the peace and crimes of public justice (e.g. bail offences)