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UK NewsJail sentences of less than 6 months could be scrapped

06:40  12 january  2019
06:40  12 january  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Despite insisting custodial sentences could still be given to violent and sexual offenders, Mr Stewart said he wanted to ‘significantly reduce, if not Last October the Prison Governors’ Association urged the Government to reduce the number of inmates by scrapping ‘pointless’ sentences of less than

Sentences between one month and six months will be mostly served at home with electronic tagging, reducing jail This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Sentences of one year or more will have to be served in jail , he said, stressing that “a punishment

Jail sentences of less than 6 months could be scrapped © Other Some burglars and most shoplifters are among those who would avoid going to jail under the plans. File pic

Jail sentences of six months or less should be scrapped, according to the prisons minister.

Rory Stewart has said the move would ease pressure on prisons and be better for offenders.

In comments reported by The Daily Telegraph, he said that "very short" jail terms were "long enough to damage you and not long enough to heal you".

He added: "You bring somebody in for three or four weeks, they lose their house, their job, their family, their reputation.

"They come [into prison], they meet a lot of interesting characters (to put it politely) and then you whap them on to the streets again.

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A former prison governor has called for jail sentences of less than six months to be scrapped . "The problem with that is that you can 't do a lot with people. If they have got addiction problems you can 't deal with those, or if they have got some need they can 't start addressing them in that very short

THOUSANDS of criminals should be spared jail with sentences of less than six months scrapped , according to a think-tank. In 2010 the SNP introduced a presumption against sentences of three months or less , though courts can ignore this if they feel no other sentence is appropriate.

"The public are safer if we have a good community sentence... and it will relieve a lot of pressure on prisons."

Around 30,000 offenders a year including some burglars and most shoplifters could be spared jail under the proposals.

Mr Stewart said that the exception to his plans would be violent offenders or those convicted of sex offences.

He told the newspaper that such a move would free up 4,000 prison places and create more space for education and workshops, adding: "We can change lives more".

Jail sentences of less than 6 months could be scrapped © Getty Prisons minister Rory Stewart says the move would assist prisoner rehabilitation The number of prisoners has doubled since the 1990s to around 80,000 and around 60% of short-term prisoners re-offend within a year of their release, the Telegraph says.

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Scottish Prison Service proposes scrapping all custodial sentences of less than a year to reduce the 20 In 2002, the latest figure available, 72% of custodial sentences were less than six months . "Schemes for restitution and mediation can be very effective and are generally better perceived, but

The SNP introduced a presumption against sentences of three months or less in 2010. Scottish Conservative justice spokesman Liam Kerr added: “There are many offences and circumstances where a custodial sentence of up to twelve months could be an appropriate punishment, and we need to

The Prison Reform Trust says that almost half of prisoners in England and Wales have been sentenced to six months or less.

In a report last year called Prison: The Facts, the trust said short prison sentences were less effective than community-based sentences, yet use of the latter had more than halved in the previous decade.

Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust, said: Ministers should be congratulated for having the political courage to start the debate."

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: "As we have said previously, short sentences are too often ineffective, provide little opportunity to rehabilitate offenders and lead to unacceptably high rates of re-offending.

"That's why we are exploring potential alternatives but this work is ongoing and we have reached no conclusions at this time."

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