Criminals beware - you don't want to go to get caught in Warwickshire.
Judges there are among the most likely to send criminals to jail, the Home Office has revealed.
Offenders hoping for a fine or community service will have more luck in Birmingham.
More then seven out of ten defendants found guilty of an indictable offence in a Warwickshire Crown Court receive a custodial sentence.
But in the West Midlands conurbation and in West Mercia, only six out of ten go to jail.
And in Leicestershire and Gloucestershire, just over five out of ten are jailed.
The variations have been revealed by the Home Office.
It is unclear whether courts in some regions try more serious offences than others - or whether some judges are just more forgiving.
But the figures only apply to indictable offences heard at Crown Courts, which are all serious enough to carry a potential prison sentence.
In a report on sentencing, the Home Office said: ?At the Crown Court, Warwickshire and North Wales had the highest custody rates for indictable offences, both at 74 per cent.
?The lowest custody rate was in Devon and Cornwall with 50 per cent.?
But the West Midlands still sent far more people to jail - with 6,000 people a year ?sent down? by the Crown Courts, for an average of 24.7 months.
Warwickshire courts imprisoned just 313 people, for an average of 24.2 months each.
The report said: ?Sev-eral factors can lie behind the differences in sentencing between the criminal justice areas.
?In areas with high cautioning rates, more severe sentencing patterns at magistrates? courts might be expected.
?Some differences between areas may arise from different committal practices.
?For example, if a magistrates? court commits a higher than average proportion of offences to the Crown Court for trial or sentence, the offence mix in both magistrates? courts and the Crown Court is likely to be less serious than in other areas.?