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This graph is a combination of police statistics (1) and court statistics (2, 3) showing the extent of the increase in the violent crime problem over the last three decades.
Reported crime : Number of cases investigated by police.
Resolved crime : Number of cases resolved by police. this includes those cases referred to the courts, dealt with by a warning or unable to be prosecuted. This graph is a "moving average" to smooth out crimes that may not be resolved in the same year they are reported.
Non-custodial sentences : These sentences include community, monetary, deferment, conviction and discharge.
Custodial sentences : The offender is confined including home detention. Custodial sentences have not increased significantly over the 25+ years, remaining at between 19 and 27% of all sentences.

Notes: For a number of reasons the police and Justice Department statistics are not comparable on a yearly basis. There are several reasons for this including lengthy delays in prosecution (where trials are held over to following years) and different categories and reporting systems used by the two services. However comparison of the overall trends is valid. The discrepancy between resolved and convicted cases is partly explained by referral to the youth court, family group conferences, sentencing for several crimes at once and recidivism, since police statistics are for crimes, whereas the justice department statistics are for criminals sentenced.


Thanks to Kevin Hicks for his invaluable assistance in collating this information and providing the new graphs

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