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The purpose of the statistics is to analyze the number of arrests for violation of the penal code and the special laws (among these the Danish Road Traffic Act). The statistics on imprisonments was published for the first time for the year 2015.

Statistical presentation

The statistics shed light on the number of arrests for violation of the penal code, the road traffic act and other special legislation. In the published statistics the arrests are classified into type of offence, outcome and education. Demographically the statistics are divided into age and sex.

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Statistical processing

Data on imprisonments, which Statistics Denmark receive from the Central Criminal Register, are linked to data from Statistics Denmark's Population Register and Statistics Denmark's Educational Register. Data are already validated. However, central variables go through a probability check in form of a comparison with data from the previous year.

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The statistics are used broadly by the authorities, enterprises, organisations, researchers, the press, in the public debate etc. Views and suggestions from key users are taken into consideration in the preparation of the statistics.

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Accuracy and reliability

The data used in the statistics are drawn from the Central Criminal Register. The data are typically drawn about 1 February following the relevant calendar year. A number of imprisonments started/ended during the calendar year have not been registered before the data are drawn. This implies that the total number of imprisonments presumably is under-estimated.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are published approximately 5 months after the end of the reference year. The statistics are published without delay in relation to the scheduled time.

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Since 2015, the statistics has been prepared on the same date source. In general the statistics is therefore comparable during time. As a consequence of law amendments or wishes for more information on specific kind of offences the division of type of offences has been altered during the years.

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Accessibility and clarity

In StatBank the statistics are published in the tables STRAF70, STRAF71, STRAF72, STRAF73, og STRAF74.

Furthermore the statistics are published in the publication "Kriminalitet" (Criminality).

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Taylor made statistics can be produced on the basis of data from different registers, moreover through Statistics Denmark's Division of Research Service it is possible for researchers to be granted access to anonymised data.

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