Average length of prison sentences for offences in England and Wales 2019

In 2018/19 the average custodial sentence length for sexual offences in England and Wales was around 58.2 months, or just under five years, the most of any broad offence type in that year. Other crimes that carried high prison sentences were robbery at 51.5 months, and drug offences at 38 months.

Average custodial sentence length (ACSL) at all courts to immediate custody in England and Wales in 2018/19 by offence group

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Release date

February 2020

Region

United Kingdom (England, Wales)

Survey time period

October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019

Supplementary notes

*Summary offences are less serious offences that are typically tried in a magistrates court where no jury is present.

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