11 August 2021
Investigating the Sentencing Council’s impact in three key areas
As part of its tenth anniversary year, the Council undertook to investigate its impact in three key areas, and this involved conducting a series of analytical projects.
Attitudes to sentencing guidelines: views from the judiciary
All members of the judiciary were invited to take part in a survey to explore their views on sentencing guidelines, and over 1,000 sentencers took part. This summary report contains the findings from this survey.
Estimating the changes in sentencing severity and requirements for prison places associated with the Sentencing Council’s guidelines
Analysis was conducted to estimate the cumulative impact of the Council’s evaluated guidelines in its first ten years, both on sentencing severity and on the requirements for prison places. This summary report and associated annexes contain the findings from this analysis.
Consistency in sentencing
A review was conducted of consistency in sentencing, to outline the different ways in which consistency in sentencing can be defined and measured, how the Council has chosen to address the issue and to collate the best available evidence on measuring consistency in sentencing. Alongside this, a methodology to measure consistency of approach to sentencing was developed and applied to data covering three Sentencing Council guidelines, to understand whether these guidelines have achieved the Council’s aim of promoting greater consistency in sentencing. These summary reports contain findings from these two projects.