Average custodial sentence length for adults sentenced for rape.
Source: Ministry of Justice (2021) Criminal Justice System Statistics publication: Outcomes by Offence 2010 to 2020: Pivot Table Analytical Tool for England and Wales.
Graph Explained: The average custodial sentence length for adults sentenced for rape has seen a general increase during the period 2010-2020, from roughly 8 to 10 years. The Sentencing Council introduced an updated guideline for this offence in April 2014. It is possible that the increase from an average custodial sentence length of between 8 and 9 years between 2010-2013 to 9 and 10 years between 2014 and 2020 could be because of the updated guideline. However, no specific research on this point has been carried out to date.