The courts have been busy in recent months.
Here are 11 people jailed or given suspended sentences for offences in and around South Tyneside during July and August.
They all appeared at Newcastle Crown Court unless otherwise stated.
5. Heather Garbutt-Iley
Garbutt-Iley, 61, of Ferndale Grove, East Boldon, admitted assault at Newcastle Crown Court. She was sentenced to three months behind bars, suspended for 18 months, alongside 20 rehabilitation days Photo: NOP
6. Jordan Dixon
Dixon, 28, of Thornhope Close, Barmston, Washington, admitted robbery at a South Shields newsagent and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. He was jailed for five years and eight months and made subject to a ten-year restraining order Photo: NOP
7. Christopher Milne
Milne, 47, of Edinburgh Road, Jarrow, admitted producing cannabis and abstracting electricity at Newcastle Crown Court. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation requirements Photo: NOP
8. Michael Kerrigan
Kerrigan, 44, of St Cuthberts Avenue, South Shields, admitted controlling and coercive behaviour and two charges of assault. Judge Julie Clemitson jailed him for three years and issued a restraining order to keep him away from the victim Photo: NOP