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Homicide: Sentencing

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL7261, tabled on 23 March 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average tariff length in months imposed for murder in each year since 2000.

Answered on

6 April 2022

The average length of the minimum term (sometimes known as a ‘tariff’) for life sentences for murder convictions since 2000 is as follows:

Year of Sentence

Mean Tariff (years)

Mean Tariff (months)

2000

13

165

2001

13

161

2002

13

156

2003

13

163

2004

14

172

2005

15

190

2006

17

208

2007

15

190

2008

17

212

2009

17

209

2010

19

227

2011

18

227

2012

20

244

2013

20

246

2014

20

245

2015

20

248

2016

20

251

2017

20

248

2018

21

253

2019

21

255

2020

21

254

2021

21

252

Data sources and quality

Note that the minimum term is the time between date of sentence and tariff expiry date. The figures do not include whole-life orders. The numbers are subject to revision as more data become available; any changes in the numbers since the last publication of this information is as a result of more sentencing data becoming available.

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.

Source: Public Protection Unit Database.