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Prisons and Courts Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:10 pm on 20th March 2017.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley 8:10 pm, 20th March 2017

Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend Michael Tomlinson.

I have been disappointed to hear prison being disparaged so much in this debate, as prison is actually a pretty successful place. According to the Ministry of Justice’s own figures, the longer people spend in prison, the less likely they are to reoffend. The Ministry’s latest figures, released in November 2016, show that although 60% of those released from a sentence of less than 12 months go on to reoffend, only 37% of those who serve a sentence of between 12 months and four years, 24.7% of those who serve a sentence of four to 10 years, 15.6% of those who serve a sentence of 10 years or more, and 11.4% of those sent on an indeterminate sentence go on to reoffend after release. Prison is clearly not the problem because the longer people spend in there, the less likely they are to reoffend. Perhaps the problem is that they are not spending long enough in prison. That seems to be the lesson from those figures.