More evidence against the use of short sentences!

Preliminary findings from the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Highlights include:

A survey of prison governors revealed that:
• 81 per cent of all respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement ‘short prison sentences serve to reform and rehabilitate the offender’, with only six per cent of governors agreeing or strongly agreeing
• 59 per cent of all respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed when asked if short prison sentences serve to reduce crime (including by deterrence)
• Three quarters of all respondents (75.8 per cent) reported that they considered the current use of short sentences between zero and six months to be ‘excessive’.

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More evidence against the use of short sentences!

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