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”:

  1. to ensure that the offender is adequately punished for the offence,
  2. to prevent crime by deterring the offender and other persons from committing similar offences,
  3. to protect the community from the offender,
  4. to promote the rehabilitation of the offender,
  5. to make the offender accountable for his or her actions,
  6. to denounce the conduct of the offender,
  7. 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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