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DIGEST 4: Comprehensive Information of Crime and Justice in England and Wales

NCJ Number
Date Published
October 1999
98 pages
This is the fourth digest in a series aimed at presenting a comprehensive picture of crime and justice in England and Wales.
This digest summarizes information from a wide range of Home Office research and statistical sources, and is supplemented by information from other government departments and outside sources. Chapter 1 measures offenses recorded by police and, using the British Crime Survey, provides a measure of crime which includes unreported offenses but covers only crime against households. Chapter 2 provides information about victims of crime, showing how risks of crime differ in terms of age, gender, and area. Chapter 3 measures offenders and details breakdown of the offenses committed, enabling historical trends to be considered. Chapter 4 provides the number of offenses committed compared against the number of criminal convictions/police cautions measured in official statistics. Chapter 5 provides sentencing information for all types of offenses. Chapter 6 provides data on the 135 prisons in England and Wales, including high security prisons, local prisons for men and women, open training prisons for men and women, closed and open young offender institutions for sentenced prisoners under the age of 21, and remand centers. Chapter 7 looks at the extent to which different punishments available from the courts may affect future offending by comparing reconviction rates of different court sentences. Chapter 8 examines salaries and other costs of staff employed in various agencies which forms a substantial amount of the expenditure on the criminal justice system. Chapter 9 discuses costs imposed on the victims, the families of offenders, and society as a whole. Tables and figures