Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 5th February 2019.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Sentencing must match the severity of the crime, but there is persuasive evidence that short sentences do not work in helping some offenders to turn their backs on crime, which is why we are exploring options that would see them used much less frequently.