Sentencing: one size does not fit all

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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.