Longer sentences are not the solution to preventing prisoners from reoffending

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Make Justice Work in The Daily Telegraph Letters.

“SIR – Prisons should not be treated as mental asylums or long-term hospitals (Letters, March 12). The majority of those on short sentences have a complex range of issues that contribute to their offending behaviour. Longer sentences are simply not the answer.

All that does is shove the real problem under the carpet for longer, only for the prisoner to re-emerge even more damaged than before.

Community sentences need not be a soft option, as the new Intensive Alternatives to Custody has shown”.

Roma Hooper
Director, Make Justice Work
London W1.

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