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Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 17th August 2018

Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders who have been taken to court for breaching their post-sentence supervision were (a) fined, (b) given a Supervision Default Order, (c) committed to prison and (d) had no action taken against them in the latest year for which information is available.

Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

We closely monitor and robustly manage providers to make sure they maintain service delivery, reduce reoffending, protect the public and provide value for money to the taxpayer.

The information requested, where possible, has been provided in the table below.

Post Sentence Supervision (PSS) Breaches Outcomes at Court in 2017[1]
Fine 2,136 22.7%
Supervision Default Order 1,023 10.9%
Committal to Custody 3,307 35.1%
No Action Taken 1,072 11.4%
Other Outcome[2] 686 7.3%
Invalid Outcome Recorded[3] 1,196 12.7%
Public protection is our highest priority and any offender caught breaching their licence faces being immediately recalled to prison.

[1] Breaches that were withdrawn or did not have a recorded outcome when data were extracted are not included in this count.

[2] Other Outcomes include Breach Not Proven, Breach active at sentence expiry and the addition of an Attendance Centre Requirement to the PSS period.

[3] Invalid Outcomes are outcomes that don’t apply to the type of breach being heard. In the case of PSS Breaches, the Invalid Outcomes are ‘Amended and Continued’ and ‘Revoked and Resentenced’; these breaches are usually used for Suspended Sentence and Community Order Breaches.