Knife and Offensive Weapon Sentencing Statistics Year ending June 2019

In the year ending June 2019 38% of knife and offensive weapon offences resulted in an immediate custodial sentence compared with 23% in the year ending June 2009. The average length of the custodial sentences received also increased over the same period, from 5.9 months to 8.1 months

In the year ending June 2019 over 22,000 knife and offensive weapon, offences were formally dealt with by the CJS. This is driven by the possession of an article with a blade or point offences.

The proportion of offenders for whom this is their first knife or offensive weapon possession offence has been decreasing and is now at its lowest level since the series began in the year ending June 2009 (80%).

The average custodial sentence received by offenders sentenced under section 28 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 was 7.9 months in the year ending June 2019.

n the year ending June 2015, prior to the introduction of this legislation, around half (48%) of knife and offensive weapons possession offenders with at least one previous knife and offensive weapons possession offence received an immediate custodial sentence. In the year ending June 2019 around two thirds (65%) of offenders sentenced under section 28 of the CJCA 2015 received an immediate custodial sentence. Overall 83% of offenders sentenced under section 28 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 in the year ending June 2019 received some form of custodial sentence, either immediate custody or a suspended sentence, compared to 68% of offenders with at least one previous knife and offensive weapons offence in the year ending June 2015

Source: Knife and Offensive Weapon Sentencing Statistics, England and Wales – Year ending June 2019


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.Required fields are marked *