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Reoffenders: Sentencing

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 911814, tabled on 9 July 2019

If he will review sentencing policy for prolific offenders.

Answered on

9 July 2019

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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