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Probation Statistics, England and Wales, 1997

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56 pages
This volume presents background information and official statistics on probation in England and Wales for 1997.
The discussion notes that the courts imposed custodial sentences on 22 percent of those sentenced for an indictable offense in 1996 and 1997, used fines for 28 percent of convicted offenders in 1997, and imposed community sentences in 28 percent of the cases. The numbers sentenced to probation or a community service order for violence against the person have more than doubled between 1987 and 1997. The total of 118,700 persons staring criminal supervision by the probation service in 1997 included 50,900 on probation orders, 47,500 on community service orders, 18,900 on combination orders, 2,700 under the Children and Young Persons Act 1969, 600 on suspended sentence supervision orders, and 4,500 on money payment supervision orders. The average length of a straight probation order has remained about 16.6 months since 1994. Thirty-three percent of new probation orders in 1997 had an additional requirement. The average number of people that each maingrade probation officer supervises has increased steadily from 20.7 in 1992 to 31.0 in 1997. The average court order caseload per officer has increased from 11.3 in 1992 to 16.9 in 1997. Figures, tables, and reference notes