Community sentences given to offenders in New Zealand

By type, year ended June 2015, number of sentences started

Definitions

Length of sentence: The length of sentence is the court-imposed length. If an offender is re-sentenced on a different day, they are counted twice or more.

Data calculation/treatment

Information on the sex and ethnicity of an offender is recorded by Corrections. Age is calculated based on the birth date as collected by the prosecuting authority (mostly New Zealand Police) at the time a person is arrested or prosecuted.
A person is counted once for the most serious offence category for which they were prosecuted. ANZSOC 2011 is used to categorise offences.

For more information

http://www.corrections.govt.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/835693/Trends_in_the_Offender_Population_201415.pdf

Changes to data collection/processing

The Sentencing Act 2002 introduced Community Work as a replacement of Periodic Detention and Community Service, while Community Care sentences were abolished.
The Sentencing Amendment Act 2007 introduced Home Detention as a stand-alone sentence, along with Community Detention, Post Detention Conditions and Intensive Supervision.

Data provided by

Stats NZ

Dataset name

Prison and Community-Sentence Population: Annual Community Sentence Offender Population for the latest Fiscal Years YE June 2015

Webpage:

http://nzdotstat.stats.govt.nz/WBOS/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=TABLECODE7325

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Prison and Community-Sentence Population: Annual Community Sentence Offender Population for the latest Fiscal Years YE June 2015

From the dataset Prison and Community-Sentence Population: Annual Community Sentence Offender Population for the latest Fiscal Years YE June 2015, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 2-279,507
  • Column: 8
  • Provided: 279,506 data points

This data forms the table Corrections - Annual community sentence offender population for Year ended June 1999–2015.

Dataset originally released on:

April 27, 2016

About this dataset

The community sentence offender dataset contains information on offenders who were given a community sentence (sentences started). All sentences handed are counted, even if it is the second, third, or subsequent sentence of a single charge. No ‘trumping’ rules are used in the compilation of this data.