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

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Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Labour, Lewisham West and Penge

Statistics show that 36% of rough sleepers in London have previously been in prison—the figure is up three percentage points on the year before—which is deeply concerning. Short sentences do nothing but exacerbate the issue and do not reduce reoffending. Does the Secretary of State agree that it is now time to introduce a presumption against prison sentences of less than 12 months?