Homicide: Sentencing

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 30th June 2015.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

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

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

All murder convictions must result in a life sentence and the court determines the appropriate minimum term to be served in custody in each case before the offender can be considered for release on life licence by the Parole Board. The average time spent in custody before release by offenders serving mandatory life sentences for murder has increased from 13 years in 2004 to 17 years in 2014.

The average time served in custody by people convicted of murder in each of the last five years is not known. Information is available in relation to offenders serving mandatory life sentences for murder who have been released in the last five years. This is included in the Offender Management Statistics Quarterly, Prison Releases Annual Tables, Table A3.3 “Number of first indeterminate releases and average time served”: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/424903/prison-releases-annual-2014.xlsx .

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