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A comparison of criminal justice statistics in Great Britain between 1882 and 1892 reveals that crimes reported to the police rose by 7 percent to 85,200 in 1892, after falling by 2 percent annually between 1882 and 1891; offenses against the person rose by 7 percent between 1882 and 1892, while offenses against property without violence fell by 17 percent.
The number of crimes reported per 100,000 population fell from 381 in 1882 to 289 in 1892. Police areas with the highest number of crimes per head of population were London, Warwick, Lancaster, and Northumberland. From 1882 to 1892, the number of offenders tried summarily remained unchanged at about 686,800, while the number tried at Assizes and Quarter sessions fell by 20 percent to 12,100. In 1892, 41 percent of persons convicted of indictable offenses were under 21 years of age and 82 percent were male. The peak offending age was between 16-20 years. The use of custody for indictable offenses tried summarily fell from 61 percent in 1882-1883 to 46 percent in 1892. The use of imprisonment at Assizes and Quarter sessions declined from 85 percent in 1887 to 81 percent in 1892. The use of penal servitude remained at about 10 percent, although sentence lengths were shorter. The average prison population in local prisons fell from 17,800 in 1882-1882 to 13,200 in 1891-1892 and in convict prisons from 10,245 to 4,230. 3 notes, 8 tables, and 13 figures