Transparency and Consistency of Sentencing

Part of Bill Presented — Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Bill – in the House of Commons at 1:08 pm on 2nd February 2012.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Member, Panel of Chairs, Member, Backbench Business Committee, Member, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Member, Privacy and Injunctions (Joint Committee) 1:08 pm, 2nd February 2012

The Secretary of State seems to be arguing that sending people to prison for longer would not help to reduce reoffending, but his Department’s own figures indicate that the longer they spend in prison, the less likely they are to reoffend. If he is not sure about that, I can tell him that the reoffending rate for people who spend less than 12 months in prison is 61%; for those who spend 12 months to two years in prison, it is 36%; for those who spend two to four years in prison, it is 28%; and for those who spend more than four years in prison, it is 17.6%. It is clear that the longer people spend in prison, the less likely they are to reoffend.

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