A review of sentencing data from the last 20 years reveals that courts in Victoria are now more likely to send offenders to prison for serious offences and that those offenders are getting longer sentences.

The latest report, Long-Term Sentencing Trends in Victoria, from the Sentencing Advisory Council looks at publicly available data on some of the most serious offences covered by its Sentencing Snapshots to examine long-term trends in the number of people sentenced for serious offences, the proportion of those people sentenced to prison, and the lengths of prison sentences imposed.