Criminal justice system statistics

Measures covering the wider criminal justice system. Includes trends in the use of out of court disposals, defendants prosecuted, offenders convicted, and sentencing decisions in England and Wales.


Crime against households and adults using data from police recorded crime and the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).

Crime figures from Crime Survey for England and Wales

8.7 million

Value for 2022/23. View time series for crime figures from crime survey for england and wales

Police recorded crime in England and Wales

6.7 million

Value for 2022/23. View time series for police recorded crime in england and wales

Estimated total cost of crime in England and Wales

£58.9bn

Value for 2015/16. View measure for estimated total cost of crime in england and wales


Out of court disposals

194,848

Value for 2023. View time series for out of court disposals

Defendants proceeded against

1,261,430

Value for 2023. View time series for defendants proceeded against

Offenders convicted total

1,115,593

Value for 2023. View time series for offenders convicted total

Offenders sentenced total

1,113,671

Value for 2023. View time series for offenders sentenced total


The volume and complexity of offending patterns when reporting on all offences for which each individual is prosecuted and sentenced is too great for meaningful commentary throughout the publication of these data. For this reason, unless otherwise stated, each offender is reported only against the most severe sentence or order given for their principal offence (i.e. the principal sentence).

For futher information, please refer to the technical guide which accompanies the linked publication(s).

Offenders sentenced to immediate custody

71,745

Value for 2023. View time series for offenders sentenced to immediate custody

Offenders sentenced to suspended sentence

43,734

Value for 2023. View time series for offenders sentenced to suspended sentence

Offenders sentenced to community sentence

70,664

Value for 2023. View time series for offenders sentenced to community sentence

Offenders sentenced to a fine

886,190

Value for 2023. View time series for offenders sentenced to a fine

Offenders sentenced to compensation order

3,557

Value for 2023. View time series for offenders sentenced to compensation order

Offenders sentenced to other disposal

37,780

Value for 2023. View time series for offenders sentenced to other disposal

Average custodial sentence length (months)

20.9

Value for 2023. View time series for average custodial sentence length (months)


Proven reoffending rate

25.8%

Value for Apr - Jun 2022. View time series for proven reoffending rate