Shipley MP demands tougher court sentences

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Philip Davies, MP Philip Davies, MP

Shipley MP Philip Davies is demanding tougher sentences after he uncovered figures for England and Wales which show more than 240 serious criminals walk free from courts every day while only 28 are sent to prison.

Mr Davies’s research also found men are twice as likely to be given a custodial sentence than women.

Figures released to the Conservative MP show that last year a total of 63,177 first time offenders escaped a prison sentence and a total of 7,176 were sent to jail for crimes including violence, burglary, robbery, theft, sex offences, drug crime and other crimes serious enough to be given a sentences of at least six months. Mr Davies said that meant if a court sat every weekday of the year, 243 criminals avoided prison each day and 28 were given a custodial sentence which he claimed made a mockery of the system. He said: “These figures clearly show that serious offenders are escaping prison for crimes that most people would believe should come with a custodial sentence.”

A breakdown shows sexual offence crimes saw one in three people sent to prison, compared with one in 19 drug offences and one in seven burglars. For all crimes, which include motoring offences, 4.3 per cent of first offenders were sent to prison last year.

Mr Davies also said overall figures show women are apparently treated more leniently than men. Last year of 46,428 women convicted of their first offences a total of 1,078 or 2.3 per cent were sent to prison.

In comparison 6,490 of the 127,647 men or 5.1 per cent who were convicted of their first crime went to jail. A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said the disparity could be explained by the nature of crimes being different between the sexes.

“It is the case that violent crimes, for instance, tend to be carried out much more by men,” he said.

“Crime is falling, and under this Government those who break the law are more likely to go to prison for longer.”

 

Court sentences

Violence against a person: 12,309 crimes, 988 prison, 11,321 non-custodial sentence
Sexual offences: 3,290 crimes,1,208 prison, 2,082 non-custodial sentence
Burglary: 2,604 crimes, 336 prison, 2,268 non-custodial sentence
Robbery: 1,567 crimes, 309 prison, 1258 non-custodial sentence
Fraud and forgery: 7,921 crimes, 1,453 prison, 6,468 non-custodial sentence
Theft/handling stolen goods: 25,006 crimes, 884 prison, 24,122 non-custodial sentence
Criminal damage: 2,512 crimes, 82 prison, 2,430 non-custodial sentence
Drug offences: 18,357 crimes, 979 prison, 17,378 non-custodial sentence
Other indictable offences: 6,976 crimes, 937, prison, 6,039 non-custodial sentence
All figures relate to first time offenders who received their first reprimand, warning, caution or conviction for a recordable offence committed in England and Wales.

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7:21am Fri 6 Dec 13

Albion. says...

Build more prisons.
Stop letting prisoners out early or on shopping trips.
Stop asking for excuses and motives, impose the maximum sentence.


“Crime is falling, and under this Government those who break the law are more likely to go to prison for longer.”
There is still far too much of it! Shouldn't that read "REPORTED" crime?
Build more prisons. Stop letting prisoners out early or on shopping trips. Stop asking for excuses and motives, impose the maximum sentence. “Crime is falling, and under this Government those who break the law are more likely to go to prison for longer.” There is still far too much of it! Shouldn't that read "REPORTED" crime? Albion.

7:34am Fri 6 Dec 13

The Hoffster says...

Very unlikely to happen.

I mean, have you seen the scum that's arrested ? - They've all got smiles on their faces because they know the sentences given are a joke.
Very unlikely to happen. I mean, have you seen the scum that's arrested ? - They've all got smiles on their faces because they know the sentences given are a joke. The Hoffster

8:02am Fri 6 Dec 13

Tonybaloni says...

What do you expect as usual Tory rhetoric doesn't match the reality once more.
Do they ever do anything right apart from kill and economy?
What do you expect as usual Tory rhetoric doesn't match the reality once more. Do they ever do anything right apart from kill and economy? Tonybaloni

8:25am Fri 6 Dec 13

mr.bradford says...

comical figures..
the world would be a slightly better place if the non custodial figures were prison and vice versa.. commit the crime, do the time, first offence or not!
comical figures.. the world would be a slightly better place if the non custodial figures were prison and vice versa.. commit the crime, do the time, first offence or not! mr.bradford

11:39am Fri 6 Dec 13

freespeech says...

This comes from a man who had voted for his 11% pay rise (to go up to £74,000) and more lucrative expenses. I want to know exactly how independent the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is. Hang your head in shame Mr Davies MP I am one of the many constituents that feel you, and your peers are well out of touch, roll on the next election.
This comes from a man who had voted for his 11% pay rise (to go up to £74,000) and more lucrative expenses. I want to know exactly how independent the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is. Hang your head in shame Mr Davies MP I am one of the many constituents that feel you, and your peers are well out of touch, roll on the next election. freespeech

11:53am Fri 6 Dec 13

allannicho says...

I usually agree with this forthright and common sense speaking MP.
This Lad is going places mark my words.
I will still be voting UKIP however!
I usually agree with this forthright and common sense speaking MP. This Lad is going places mark my words. I will still be voting UKIP however! allannicho

12:04pm Fri 6 Dec 13

webshow says...

I wonder if this is because of lack of prison space and the cuts his party have done.
I wonder if this is because of lack of prison space and the cuts his party have done. webshow

3:49pm Fri 6 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

Tonybaloni wrote:
What do you expect as usual Tory rhetoric doesn't match the reality once more.
Do they ever do anything right apart from kill and economy?
Tony Blair wasn't bad at killing.

We all agree PD but you know **** well it won't happen. To many well paid jobs rely on crime.
Very stiff custodial sentences would reduce crime, would reduce the amount of prison places required, but sadly would reduce the jobs that is reliant on crime, and this is the crux of the matter. We need to find a balance, more prisons, stiffer sentencing, would reduce crime, but this would have to be paid for by taxation, taken from the extra profits gained by the insurance companies, and a higher insurance premium tax public, but don't despair, our insurance premiums would reduce, simply because the risk would be reduced. It's a win win win. and the scum bags will be off the streets.
[quote][p][bold]Tonybaloni[/bold] wrote: What do you expect as usual Tory rhetoric doesn't match the reality once more. Do they ever do anything right apart from kill and economy?[/p][/quote]Tony Blair wasn't bad at killing. We all agree PD but you know **** well it won't happen. To many well paid jobs rely on crime. Very stiff custodial sentences would reduce crime, would reduce the amount of prison places required, but sadly would reduce the jobs that is reliant on crime, and this is the crux of the matter. We need to find a balance, more prisons, stiffer sentencing, would reduce crime, but this would have to be paid for by taxation, taken from the extra profits gained by the insurance companies, and a higher insurance premium tax public, but don't despair, our insurance premiums would reduce, simply because the risk would be reduced. It's a win win win. and the scum bags will be off the streets. alive and awake

4:01pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Tonybaloni says...

alive and awake wrote:
Tonybaloni wrote:
What do you expect as usual Tory rhetoric doesn't match the reality once more.
Do they ever do anything right apart from kill and economy?
Tony Blair wasn't bad at killing.

We all agree PD but you know **** well it won't happen. To many well paid jobs rely on crime.
Very stiff custodial sentences would reduce crime, would reduce the amount of prison places required, but sadly would reduce the jobs that is reliant on crime, and this is the crux of the matter. We need to find a balance, more prisons, stiffer sentencing, would reduce crime, but this would have to be paid for by taxation, taken from the extra profits gained by the insurance companies, and a higher insurance premium tax public, but don't despair, our insurance premiums would reduce, simply because the risk would be reduced. It's a win win win. and the scum bags will be off the streets.
Tony Blair was another Tory.
In fact I like Philip because most of the time he speaks the truth.
Some people vote my comment down yet I am agreeing with a Tory MP attacking his own side.
The majority of you seem to liken politics to supporting a football team.
Honest people will criticise their own side like Philip Davies if they are getting it wrong.
If you don't you end up with silly policies like the poll tax and bedroom tax.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tonybaloni[/bold] wrote: What do you expect as usual Tory rhetoric doesn't match the reality once more. Do they ever do anything right apart from kill and economy?[/p][/quote]Tony Blair wasn't bad at killing. We all agree PD but you know **** well it won't happen. To many well paid jobs rely on crime. Very stiff custodial sentences would reduce crime, would reduce the amount of prison places required, but sadly would reduce the jobs that is reliant on crime, and this is the crux of the matter. We need to find a balance, more prisons, stiffer sentencing, would reduce crime, but this would have to be paid for by taxation, taken from the extra profits gained by the insurance companies, and a higher insurance premium tax public, but don't despair, our insurance premiums would reduce, simply because the risk would be reduced. It's a win win win. and the scum bags will be off the streets.[/p][/quote]Tony Blair was another Tory. In fact I like Philip because most of the time he speaks the truth. Some people vote my comment down yet I am agreeing with a Tory MP attacking his own side. The majority of you seem to liken politics to supporting a football team. Honest people will criticise their own side like Philip Davies if they are getting it wrong. If you don't you end up with silly policies like the poll tax and bedroom tax. Tonybaloni

4:21pm Fri 6 Dec 13

RollandSmoke says...

I would associate fraud and forgery as being white collar crime with large sums of money involved but that it no longer the world we live in. Those who commit crimes where vast sums are involved wont be included in these figures as some collars are just too white to be felt.
I would associate fraud and forgery as being white collar crime with large sums of money involved but that it no longer the world we live in. Those who commit crimes where vast sums are involved wont be included in these figures as some collars are just too white to be felt. RollandSmoke

5:35pm Fri 6 Dec 13

yezboss says...

Philip is one the biggest rebels the Tories have currently. He speaks his his mind, does not sing the party tune if he disagrees. He does not fear being cut off at the knees.
Philip is one the biggest rebels the Tories have currently. He speaks his his mind, does not sing the party tune if he disagrees. He does not fear being cut off at the knees. yezboss

7:23pm Fri 6 Dec 13

freespeech says...

yezboss wrote:
Philip is one the biggest rebels the Tories have currently. He speaks his his mind, does not sing the party tune if he disagrees. He does not fear being cut off at the knees.
I beg to differ.... I have personal experience of a change of track.
[quote][p][bold]yezboss[/bold] wrote: Philip is one the biggest rebels the Tories have currently. He speaks his his mind, does not sing the party tune if he disagrees. He does not fear being cut off at the knees.[/p][/quote]I beg to differ.... I have personal experience of a change of track. freespeech

7:52pm Fri 6 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

Tonybaloni wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
Tonybaloni wrote:
What do you expect as usual Tory rhetoric doesn't match the reality once more.
Do they ever do anything right apart from kill and economy?
Tony Blair wasn't bad at killing.

We all agree PD but you know **** well it won't happen. To many well paid jobs rely on crime.
Very stiff custodial sentences would reduce crime, would reduce the amount of prison places required, but sadly would reduce the jobs that is reliant on crime, and this is the crux of the matter. We need to find a balance, more prisons, stiffer sentencing, would reduce crime, but this would have to be paid for by taxation, taken from the extra profits gained by the insurance companies, and a higher insurance premium tax public, but don't despair, our insurance premiums would reduce, simply because the risk would be reduced. It's a win win win. and the scum bags will be off the streets.
Tony Blair was another Tory.
In fact I like Philip because most of the time he speaks the truth.
Some people vote my comment down yet I am agreeing with a Tory MP attacking his own side.
The majority of you seem to liken politics to supporting a football team.
Honest people will criticise their own side like Philip Davies if they are getting it wrong.
If you don't you end up with silly policies like the poll tax and bedroom tax.
STEADY ON ! DID AWAY WITH 10P TAX
[quote][p][bold]Tonybaloni[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tonybaloni[/bold] wrote: What do you expect as usual Tory rhetoric doesn't match the reality once more. Do they ever do anything right apart from kill and economy?[/p][/quote]Tony Blair wasn't bad at killing. We all agree PD but you know **** well it won't happen. To many well paid jobs rely on crime. Very stiff custodial sentences would reduce crime, would reduce the amount of prison places required, but sadly would reduce the jobs that is reliant on crime, and this is the crux of the matter. We need to find a balance, more prisons, stiffer sentencing, would reduce crime, but this would have to be paid for by taxation, taken from the extra profits gained by the insurance companies, and a higher insurance premium tax public, but don't despair, our insurance premiums would reduce, simply because the risk would be reduced. It's a win win win. and the scum bags will be off the streets.[/p][/quote]Tony Blair was another Tory. In fact I like Philip because most of the time he speaks the truth. Some people vote my comment down yet I am agreeing with a Tory MP attacking his own side. The majority of you seem to liken politics to supporting a football team. Honest people will criticise their own side like Philip Davies if they are getting it wrong. If you don't you end up with silly policies like the poll tax and bedroom tax.[/p][/quote]STEADY ON ! DID AWAY WITH 10P TAX alive and awake

10:18am Sat 7 Dec 13

Tonybaloni says...

alive and awake wrote:
Tonybaloni wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
Tonybaloni wrote:
What do you expect as usual Tory rhetoric doesn't match the reality once more.
Do they ever do anything right apart from kill and economy?
Tony Blair wasn't bad at killing.

We all agree PD but you know **** well it won't happen. To many well paid jobs rely on crime.
Very stiff custodial sentences would reduce crime, would reduce the amount of prison places required, but sadly would reduce the jobs that is reliant on crime, and this is the crux of the matter. We need to find a balance, more prisons, stiffer sentencing, would reduce crime, but this would have to be paid for by taxation, taken from the extra profits gained by the insurance companies, and a higher insurance premium tax public, but don't despair, our insurance premiums would reduce, simply because the risk would be reduced. It's a win win win. and the scum bags will be off the streets.
Tony Blair was another Tory.
In fact I like Philip because most of the time he speaks the truth.
Some people vote my comment down yet I am agreeing with a Tory MP attacking his own side.
The majority of you seem to liken politics to supporting a football team.
Honest people will criticise their own side like Philip Davies if they are getting it wrong.
If you don't you end up with silly policies like the poll tax and bedroom tax.
STEADY ON ! DID AWAY WITH 10P TAX
Exactly !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tonybaloni[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tonybaloni[/bold] wrote: What do you expect as usual Tory rhetoric doesn't match the reality once more. Do they ever do anything right apart from kill and economy?[/p][/quote]Tony Blair wasn't bad at killing. We all agree PD but you know **** well it won't happen. To many well paid jobs rely on crime. Very stiff custodial sentences would reduce crime, would reduce the amount of prison places required, but sadly would reduce the jobs that is reliant on crime, and this is the crux of the matter. We need to find a balance, more prisons, stiffer sentencing, would reduce crime, but this would have to be paid for by taxation, taken from the extra profits gained by the insurance companies, and a higher insurance premium tax public, but don't despair, our insurance premiums would reduce, simply because the risk would be reduced. It's a win win win. and the scum bags will be off the streets.[/p][/quote]Tony Blair was another Tory. In fact I like Philip because most of the time he speaks the truth. Some people vote my comment down yet I am agreeing with a Tory MP attacking his own side. The majority of you seem to liken politics to supporting a football team. Honest people will criticise their own side like Philip Davies if they are getting it wrong. If you don't you end up with silly policies like the poll tax and bedroom tax.[/p][/quote]STEADY ON ! DID AWAY WITH 10P TAX[/p][/quote]Exactly !!!!! Tonybaloni

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