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Response to Chakab (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 6, 2016, 07:48 AM

6. LOL! I love it when...

Someone says, "Get your facts straight before posting nonsense" and they don't have a clue what they themselves are talking about it! Kinda like your basic Tea Bagger Trump supporter!

I like that you posting "guidelines" but the REALITY is the average time a person convicted of murder spends 16yrs in prison...And that is up from years past.

"Historical figures from the MoJ show that normally between 100 and 200 people convicted for murder are released from prison per year. The average time served has been slowly rising in recent years - from 13 years in 1999 to 16 last year."

How murder sentencing works

People convicted for murder must receive a 'mandatory life sentence' which takes different forms for those who committed murder aged 10 to 18 (detention during Her Majesty's pleasure) and between 18 and 21 (custody for life). This is known as an 'indeterminate sentence' so there's no fixed maximum length it can take.

However, judges can set 'minimum terms' during which the prisoner cannot be released. Once this time is served, a Parole Board must approve release once it is "satisfied the risk of harm the prisoner poses to the life and limb of the public is no more than minimal."

The determinations involved in setting a minimum term are set out in Schedule 21 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. Judges must first choose a starting point which reflects the broad circumstances of a murder - this can be either a 'whole life order', 30, 25, 15 or 12 years (the latter for offences committed by those under 18). From there, the trial judge weighs up additional factors to either lengthen or shorten the minimum term.


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