Types of prison sentences

Last updated: 25 January 2018

If you have been found guilty of a serious crime, there are a range of prison sentences that a judge can give you.

These include:

  • determinate sentences – sentences that last for a specific amount of time
  • indeterminate sentences – sentences that don't have a set end point (for example, life sentences and Orders for Lifelong Restriction)

Visit the Scottish Sentencing Council website to find out more about the different types of prison sentences and what they mean.