4513.0 - Criminal Courts, Australia, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/06/2013   
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In 2011-12, 40% of defendants with a principal sentence of custody in a correctional institution received a sentence of less than 6 months. The proportion was very similar in 2010-11 (39%). Sentences of over 2 years in a correctional institution were handed out to 16% of defendants (17% in 2010-11). The median sentence length for defendants sentenced to custody in a correctional institution for All Courts was 6 months in 2011-12. The median sentence length in 2010-11 was 7 months.

Graph Image for Defendants sentenced to custody in a correctional institution(a), All Courts by sentence length, 2010-11 to 2011-12(b)

Footnote(s): r - revised (a) Excludes indeterminate sentences and life with a minimum. See Technical Note paragraphs 4–5. (b) Excludes ACT Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts in 2010-11 and Tas. Higher Courts in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Source(s): Criminal Courts, Australia

In 2011-12, defendants with a principal sentence of custody in the community had a median sentence length of 12 months; higher than the median in 2010-11 of 9 months. Of defendants with a fully suspended sentence, the median sentence length was 6 months in both 2010-12 and 2011-12.

For more information, please refer to data cube SENTENCE LENGTH, CUSTODIAL ORDERS 2010-11 TO 2011-12.

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