Homicide: Sentencing

(asked on 16th October 2019) - View Source

Question to the Ministry of Justice:

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of sentence served by people convicted of murder was in each of the last five years.


Answered by
Chris Philp Portrait
Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
This question was answered on 22nd October 2019

The information you ask for is routinely published and therefore available in the public domain, however, I have provided it below for ease of reference. The table shows the average time served by individuals sentenced to mandatory life, the only sentence available to the Courts for those convicted of murder, who were released from custody in each of the last five years.

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17

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17

As with any large-scale recording system, administrative IT systems are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Public protection is our priority. It is for the independent Parole Board to review the detention of those prisoners serving mandatory life sentences who have completed their tariff period. The Board will direct the release of these prisoners only if it is satisfied that the levels of risk posed to the general public are reduced enough that the National Probation Service and its partner agencies can safely manage them in the community under supervision.

This content was generated for your convenience by Parallel Parliament and does not form part of the official record.
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