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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 Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Conservative, North West Hampshire 8:10 pm, 20th March 2017

I have some sympathy with part of what my hon. Friend says, but does he accept that those statistics ignore the nature of the offence? For instance, quite a lot of people are serving very long sentences for murders—crimes of passion—that they may have committed only once in their life and are unlikely to go on to commit again, whether they go to prison or not.