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

In reality, sentences and the prison population have gone up in recent years. I maintain that there are circumstances in which significant prison sentences are right as a means of punishment and a demonstration of society’s abhorrence at particular behaviours, but we also have to bear it in mind that some people who go to prison end up in a cycle of reoffending, with little achieved to the benefit of society or those individuals.