Ken Clarke warned over ‘catastrophic’ community punishment cuts

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Imminent budget cuts are set to create a funding “black hole” in the criminal justice system with catastrophic consequences for innovative community sentences, experts have warned.

A national inquiry into the criminal justice system says ground-breaking community punishments that provide a tough alternative to short prison sentences may be the subject of significant cuts in funding in the next month, and some may be forced to close. The inquiry team, which included Lord Blair, the former Metropolitan police commissioner, and Dame Anne Owers, former chief inspector of prisons, said the cuts would gravely damage the government’s plans for a “rehabilitation revolution”.

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