Sentences for Rape

Part of Justice – in the House of Commons on 14th September 2021.

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Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The maximum penalty for rape is life imprisonment, and already rapists rightly receive significant sentences, with the average sentence in 2020 being more than 10 years. The Government believe that those who commit rape should spend more of their sentence in prison, and under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, currently before Parliament, we will increase the time that they spend behind bars.