Reoffenders: Sentencing

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th July 2019.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

If he will review sentencing policy for prolific offenders.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

We are looking to take forward reform of short custodial sentences. We know that offenders serving short sentences often have long offending histories, as well as multiple and complex needs. In cases of the most persistent offenders, the evidence shows they are 36% more likely to re-offend where they have received a short custodial sentence rather than a court order. Community penalties can address underlying behaviour, answer mental health and alcohol or drug misuse needs and provide reparation for the benefit of the wider community.

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