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115. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons imprisoned for sentences of less than six months in each of the years 2011 to 2016 to date; and the number of these that are sentences related to violent or sexual crime. [12563/16]

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Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Irish Prison Service that the number of persons imprisoned for sentences of less than six months in each of the years 2011 to 2015 is set out in the table; figures for 2016 are not available yet. The number of committals is higher than the number of persons imprisoned as a person may be committed more than once.

Year Number of persons imprisoned for sentences less than six months Number of committals imprisoned for sentences less than six months
2015 10,152 11,502
2014 9,454 10,610
2013 8,938 10,085
2012 9,266 10,571
2011 8,615 9,856

Year 2011 Year 2012 Year 2013 Year 2014 Year 2015
Offence
Sexual offences 9 10 13 5 12
Attempts or threats of murder, assaults, harassments and related offences 277 239 222 194 201
Dangerous or negligent acts 1,051 996 828 739 717
Kidnapping and related offences 0 0 0 0 1
Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences 6 1 1 8 2
Burglary and related offences 115 107 87 82 73
Theft and related offences 616 679 661 657 657
Fraud, deception and related offences 303 281 321 306 274
Controlled drug offences 442 502 513 468 508
Weapons and explosives offences 108 78 94 92 69
Damage to property and to the environment 264 296 267 292 262
Public order and other social code offences 1,662 1,775 1,590 1,481 1,338
Road and traffic offences 3,390 3,830 3,709 4,107 4,705
Offences against Government, Justice and Organise Crime 1,117 1,168 997 1,266 1,615
Offences not elsewhere classified. 496 609 782 913 1,068
Total 9,856 10,571 10,085 10,610 11,502