The graph above shows the number of starts of distinct episodes of community sentence management in each year. If an individual has several community sentences that are overlapping then this is treated as a single episode and so only a single episode start is counted. However if an individual has a period of remand in the middle of a single community sentence then the counting rules used here would count two distinct episodes of community sentence management separated by an episode of remand management.
The large spike apparent in community sentenced episode starts in 1998/99 needs investigation, but initial enquiries suggest this may reflect an initiative where significant numbers of fines defaulters were given community sentences.
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