Types of Prison Sentences

Concurrent and consecutive sentences 

If someone is convicted of committing more than one crime, they are usually given a sentence for each crime. 

Concurrent sentences are served at the same time. 

Consecutive sentences are served one after the other - eg a 6 month sentence followed by a 3 month sentence. 

The judge (or magistrate) tells the person what type of sentence they get and how it must be served.  

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Further information on types of Prison sentences can be found on GOV.UK's website.