Prison Reform Trust response to Sentencing Council draft guideline on manslaughter

Document type
Consultation
Corporate author(s)
Prison Reform Trust
Publisher
Prison Reform Trust
Date of publication
2 October 2017
Subject(s)
Offenders, Criminal Justice Services, Disabled people, Mental health services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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A key concern for Prison Reform Trust is lengthening sentences. The number of people convicted of manslaughter has been falling steadily since 2008, with 153 people convicted in 2016, down from 2481. The proportion of people sentenced by the court to custody has remained broadly stable over the last 10 years, ranging between 88% and 96%, and averaging at 91%.

However, since 2007 the average custodial sentence has nearly doubled, rising from 61.6 months to 113.6 months in 2016. Last year also saw the highest number of life sentences imposed in the last decade, with 11 people given a life sentence.

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