Overview of sentencing in NSW
Section 3A of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 sets out the purposes “for which a court may impose a sentence on an offender”:
- to ensure that the offender is adequately punished for the offence,
- to prevent crime by deterring the offender and other persons from committing similar offences,
- to protect the community from the offender,
- to promote the rehabilitation of the offender,
- to make the offender accountable for his or her actions,
- to denounce the conduct of the offender,
- to recognise the harm done to the victim of the crime and to the community.
The sentencing judge can impose a range of sentences on a person who has pleaded guilty to or been convicted of a criminal offence. The types of sentences that a sentencing judge can impose are as follows:
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