Prison Sentences

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord German Lord German Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the speech by the Secretary of State for Justice on 18 February Beyond prison, redefining punishment, when they intend to bring forward their plan to remove six month custodial sentences.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

There is a strong case to abolish sentences of six months or less, with some closely defined exceptions. We are therefore exploring options to restrict the use of short custodial sentences, but we have not at this stage reached any conclusions.

There is persuasive evidence showing that short custodial sentences do not work in terms of rehabilitation and helping some offenders turn their backs on crime. Community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more effective in reducing reoffending, and therefore keeping the public safe.

We do recognise that we must ensure the public and judiciary have confidence in non-custodial sentences which address offenders’ behaviour, answer their mental health and alcohol or drug misuse needs, or provide reparation for the benefit of the wider community.

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