Prison terms are getting longer – report

by Sol Dolor19 Jan 2018
Andrew Little has released data that show the average length of prison sentences in the country has been on the rise from 2008.

The courts minister released the data in response to a parliamentary question from Amy Adams, the former minister for courts who is currently a National MP.

The data shows that in the first six months of 2017, the average sentence length in days was 562, up from 454 in 2008. Apart from an increase last year, the number of people sentenced has steadily dropped during the period.

The information released counts as offender once per year for their most serious sentences each year. It excludes people who are sentenced to life in prison.
Year Number of people sentenced
to imprisonment
Average sentence
length in days
2008 8,132 454
2009 8,999 465
2010 8,921 466
2011 8,375 477
2012 7,902 507
2013 7,508 523
2014 7,530 522
2015 7,522 515
2016 8,402 509
January  to June 2017 4,120 562

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