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MOST SERIOUS OFFENCE
There were differences in nearly all the types of most serious offences for which men and women were imprisoned. Homicide and related offences were similar for both men and women (10% and 11% respectively). Men were more likely to be in prison for sexual assault and related offences and robbery, extortion and related offences than women (12% of men and 2% of women and 11% of men and 7% of women respectively). Women were more likely to be in prison for deception and related offences (15% of women, 3% of men), and illicit drug offences (14% of women, 10% of men) (graph 11.40).
Aggregate length of sentence is a measure of the sentences imposed on an offender, sometimes taking multiple offences into account. Average sentence length excludes prisoners who receive an indeterminate type of sentence such as 'life' as well as sentences of periodic detention. At 30 June 2005 the average aggregate sentence length for all prisoners sentenced to a specific term was 58.2 months.
The time a prisoner is expected to serve in custody depends upon the sentence originally handed down, the system of remissions and the forms of parole available. Taking into account the earliest dates for release of sentenced prisoners, the average expected time to serve at 30 June 2005 was 40.8 months (graph 11.41).