Sentencing: one size does not fit all
Last week saw the publication by the Policy Exchange of their latest report, Reforming Community Sentences. This resulted in my debut on the Today Programme on Thursday– a spot I shared with Blair Gibbs from the Policy Exchange. This was followed by their launch and a debate around the report. Undoubtedly the report has raised awareness around the need to improve community sentences but I would firmly caution against a ‘one size fits all’ model. Straight punishment may indeed be sufficient for some first time offenders, but a considerable number of those sentenced to community punishment will continue require a range of services to enable them to move away from their offending behaviour.