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 AuthorIsabel Taussig 
 PublishedFebruary 2011 
 Report typeBureau Brief No. 66 
 SubjectAssault, Prisons and prisoners, Sentencing 
 Keywordsassault, prison, penalty, sentence length 
  
 

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Summary

Aim

Aim
The Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) opened in Kings Cross in May 2001. This paper examines whether there have been:
(i) increases in the volume of robbery, theft and illicit drug offences in Kings Cross Local Area Command (LAC) up until December 2012 or;
(ii) increases in the percentage of Kings Cross illicit drug offences occurring in the immediate vicinity of the MSIC.

Results

Results
The most common penalty imposed on assault offenders is a bond but the likelihood of a prison sentence increases with both the seriousness of the assault and the number of prior convictions. Approximately 23 per cent of offenders convicted of a serious assault causing injury received a prison sentence, compared with 5.3 per cent of offenders convicted of a common assault. An assault offender with no prior convictions faces a 2.8 per cent chance of imprisonment. By contrast, an assault offender with four or more prior convictions faces a 42.9 per cent chance of imprisonment. Among those who received prison sentences, the average minimum term was 9 months and the average aggregate sentence was 15 months.

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