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

I completely agree with the Chair of the Justice Committee. There are serious crimes for which a strong custodial sentence is exactly the right answer, but there are also cases for which short sentences, in particular, are ineffective for rehabilitation and do not serve society well. Prison should be used when appropriate, and we should look to develop alternatives to prison wherever possible.