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Sentencing

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL4936, tabled on 14 December 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the minimum period served in custody on average, in each of the last five years, for individuals sentenced to spend a minimum of 10 years in custody as part of (1) an extended determinate sentence, (2) an extended sentence of detention, and (3) a sentence for offenders of particular concern.

Answered on

29 December 2021

The Ministry of Justice holds data on the average period served in custody for offenders serving the following sentences - ‘Extended Sentence of Detention', 'Extended Determinate Sentence' or 'Sentence for Offenders of Particular Concern' - covering the period requested, and the data can be viewed in table 1 below:

Table 1: Average (mean) time served in custody (days) for those from an 'Extended Sentence of Detention', 'Extended Determinate Sentence' or 'Sentence for Offenders of Particular Concern' with a minimum judicially imposed sentence of 10 years, 2016-2020; England & Wales:

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Extended Sentence of Detention

2,510

2,499

2,779

3,106

3,436

Extended Determinate Sentence

1,484

2,281

2,296

2,927

3,170

Sentence for Offenders of Particular Concern

-

-

-

3,840

1,406

Notes:

1. No prisoners serving a Sentence for Offenders of Particular Concern (of 10 years or more) were released in 2016, 2017 or 2018.

2. The figures in this table has been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

The Ministry of Justice also holds data on the average period to be served in custody for life sentences, covering the period requested, and this can be viewed in table 2 below:

Table 2: Average (mean) Minimum Tariff for Life sentences imposed with a minimum tariff of 10 years in 2016-2020:

Life Sentence Type

Average Minimum Tariff (years)

Automatic

17

Discretionary

15

Mandatory (MLP)

21

Notes:

1. Minimum tariff refers to time from date of sentence to tariff expiry date

2. Figures exclude whole-life cases

3.The figures in these tables have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing