Story: Violent crime

Sentences for violent crime

Move the mouse over the lines on the graph to see the custodial sentence figures. Click on a crime in the key to remove that line from the graph; click on the crime again to restore it.

The Criminal Justice Act 1985, and its amendments in 1987 and 1993, increased sentencing levels for violent crime. This graph shows average custodial sentences, in days, for different violent crimes between 1980 and 2014. Sentences for homicide in particular rose significantly over this period.

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How to cite this page:

Greg Newbold, 'Violent crime - Trends in violent crime', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 March 2023)

Story by Greg Newbold, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 18 Mar 2019