Drug addiciton and lower-level offending
Drug abuse is one of the biggest causes of low-level offending. If we stop locking these people up at great expense and begin properly addressing their drug taking, we will see crime rates and the cost to society fall. Our research found that up to £1billion could be saved if all the low-level drug-using offenders given short sentences in 2007 were put into intensive rehab instead. Short prison sentences must be replaced with sensible, cost effective alternatives. We hope this government will have the bottle to finally drive through these much needed reforms.