We must not miss the opportunity for a rehabilitation revolution

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Roma Hooper’s open letter to the Guardian

‘Much in the government’s plans to reform the criminal justice system is to be welcomed (Clarke faces twin-track assault on prison reform plans, 29 June). 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 less than a year for lower-level offences. 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 to miss the opportunity to spark a rehabilitation revolution

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