Council Releases Sentencing Snapshots for Six Violent Offences

Date of Publication
28 April 2020

The Council has released new Sentencing Snapshots for six offences sentenced in the Victorian County and Supreme Courts:

The new Snapshots report on sentencing trends in the five years to 30 June 2019. They present data on the type and length of sentences imposed for the principal offence (the most serious offence in a case).  

Findings

There was a decreasing trend in the number of people sentenced for armed robbery, causing serious injury intentionally and causing serious injury recklessly. During the same period, there was a clear increase in the number of people sentenced for aggravated burglary.

Custodial sentences, as a proportion of all sentences, generally increased for armed robbery, causing serious injury recklessly and causing injury intentionally.

The percentage of people who received a sentence of imprisonment was highest for:

  • aggravated burglary (88.6%)
  • causing serious injury intentionally (86%)
  • causing serious injury recklessly (78%).

Of the six offences, causing serious injury intentionally had the highest median principal imprisonment length (5 years), that is, half of the imprisonment lengths were below 5 years and half were above.  The median for both armed robbery and aggravated burglary was 3 years.

The average prison sentence was highest in 2018–19 for three of the six offences:

  • causing serious injury intentionally (5 years and 7 months)
  • causing serious injury recklessly (4 years and 3 months)
  • causing injury intentionally (2 years and 5 months).

Over the five years, there was a general decline in the use of community correction orders in sentencing all six offences. 

The new Sentencing Snapshots are available for download from our website.