Types of sentence

There are different types of prison sentences depending on how serious the crime committed is. Some are for a fixed length of time and others include a minimum amount of time before a person has any chance of release. Find out about the different types of sentences and how they are served (carried out).

Not on a licence, but if the offender reoffends, this time could be added to the new sentence.


Offender can be recalled to prison if he/she fails to comply with licence conditions.


Released into the community by the Parole Board or at the end of the custodial period.
Offender is on licence until the end of the extended period set by the judge.


The offender remains in custody until considered safe to be released by the Parole Board.


The offender remains in custody until considered safe to be released by the Parole Board.
Released into the community on licence for up to 10 years.