Make Justice Work is putting out a call to action
The government’s Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill is having its Second Reading in the House of Commons today and Make Justice Work is putting out a call to action to spur the government to commit to reducing the use of short term prison sentences:
There is much in the Government’s plans to reform the criminal justice system to be welcomed. Proposals to strengthen non-custodial sentences and provide treatment to those with mental health or addiction problems are promising. But ministers have not yet undertaken to reduce the number of prisoners put behind bars for lower level offences of less than a year. This is disappointing. Short term prison sentences are costly and ineffective, providing little opportunity to focus on rehabilitation.
We therefore call on the Government to commit to cutting the number of prisoners serving short term sentences and not miss the opportunity to spark a rehabilitation revolution.
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