In the last quarter of 2012, the proportion of people given immediate custodial terms was down from 28 per cent to 27 per cent compared to the same period in the previous year.
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Just one in four thugs caught with a knife were jailed last year – despite public demands for robust sentences.
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Community sentences have been branded a failure after it emerged nearly 8,000 criminals sent to prison last year had been handed 11 or more of the supervised orders.
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You report that the government has no intention of raising the age of criminal responsibility (Were James Bulger’s killers too young to stand trial?, Society, 6 February). However, there is another way to achieve the same outcome.
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Offenders worked over 125,000 hours on community payback projects last year worth over £930,000* of free labour to communities in York and North Yorkshire, according to the Probation Trust’s third Community Payback annual report published today.
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A leading prison reformer argues that most women in prison today in England and Wales could be rehabilitated more effectively through a community sentence.
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Criminals released from jail early or handed a suspended or community sentence went on to commit more than 33,000 offences in just two years.
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Lily, aged 25, is the youngest of four siblings. The family moved often to refuges, in flight from a violent father. At 13, Lily stopped going to school, began to drift and drink, became addicted to crack cocaine, and lived with an abusive, drug-addled boyfriend. At 21, she attacked a woman, her only crime. She served three years and now, recently released on licence, reflective and bright, she is desperately seeking to make amends and to begin again. Her aim is to become a midwife.
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Hundreds of British women continue to be wrongly imprisoned, according to a study that condemns the government for not complying with international standards set by the United Nations on treatment of female inmates.
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Thousands of violent criminals, sex offenders and burglars were let off with a caution amid concerns from magistrates that police were infringing upon sentencing powers which should be left to the courts.
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Mr Grayling, the Justice Secretary, is expected to tell MPs he is starting a feasibility study for the project which would see 2,000 inmates housed in one jail.
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