Call to cut ‘farcical’ jail terms
Make Justice Work on the BBC.
“Prison sentences of two months or less should be scrapped and replaced by tougher probation courses, according to Iain Duncan Smith.
Make Justice Work, a campaign to abolish short-term prison sentences, urged the Tory leadership to take up his call.
Director Roma Hooper said: “In reality we should be aiming to follow Scotland’s lead and abolish all sentences of under six months but this is a good start and a brave proposal from a key Tory think tank.
“Prison reform is often seen in zero sum terms but relatively small tweaks such as abolishing short-term prison sentences would have a colossal impact on improving Britain’s prisons and tackling the cycle of low-level crime blighting our society…”