The prison population has fallen by almost 3,000 since the start of last year, reversing a trend dating back to the 1990s, it has been revealed.
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Almost 200 youths were given a simple reprimand or warning for carrying knives this summer alone, with more than 400 being given community sentences.
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The government wants to give more prisoners on sentences of less than 12 months a mentor – who may themselves an ex-offender – to try to cut reoffending.
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Every local authority is grappling with the challenge of increasing demand for services at a time of severe financial constraint. To meet this challenge we will need new partnerships and new relationships with our residents to help us solve local problems.
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Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to use the conference today to unveil plans for victims to be given a say in punishments for anti-social behaviour.
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A senior judge has described short prison sentences as “expensive and largely ineffectual” in deterring criminals from reoffending – amid claims that thousands go on to commit further crimes.
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“Flash incarceration” of offenders who breach court orders, widespread naming online of those convicted, more witnesses giving evidence via videolink and Sunday court sittings are among measures outlined in government plans to speed up justice.
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Plans to overhaul the court system to hold evening and weekend hearings, first introduced at the height of last summer’s riots and now being deployed for the Olympics, have met strong opposition from lawyers being forced to work longer hours.
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It is hoped that the idea will put them back into the heart of communities and cut the average time between an offence being committed and its disposal from the current level of 140 days.
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The Magistrates’ Association wants to use new technology such as Facebook and Twitter to publicise results of court cases as well.
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