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NCJ Number: 154177 Find in a Library
Title: Life Sentence Prisoners
Corporate Author: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
London, SW9 0PU
Sale Source: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
169 Clapham Road
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report presents statistical information on inmates serving life sentences in England and Wales, including offenses for which they were imprisoned and the length of time served until parole.
Abstract: On June 30, 1994, 3,081 male inmates and 111 female inmates were serving life sentences in England and Wales. Life imprisonment is the mandatory sentence for murder. It is also the maximum sentence for a number of other offenses, including manslaughter, armed robbery, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, arson, rape, kidnapping, and causing an explosion. The number of life sentence inmates on June 30, 1994, was 65 percent higher than the equivalent figure for 1984 (n=1,930). This increase has been due partly to an increase in admissions of life-sentence inmates and partly to longer average times spent in prison before parole. A life sentence is indeterminate. The average period of detention after sentence for the 88 lifers released in 1992 was 13.2 years, compared with 10.2 years in 1982. Inmates serving life sentences who are released from custody remain on license for the rest of their lives. Although supervision may be terminated by the Home Secretary, lifers may be recalled to prison at any time should circumstances warrant it. A person aged 18 or over at the time of an offense but under 21 years old on conviction is sentenced to custody for life if convicted of murder and may be sentenced to custody for life if convicted of an offense for which life imprisonment is the maximum penalty for an adult. Lifers under 22 years old may be held in a young offender institution rather than a prison. 1 table
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): England; Foreign laws; Life sentences; Long-term imprisonment; Time served; Wales
Note: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Crime Statistics Program.
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