Jail sentences of six months or much less must be scrapped, in keeping with the prisons minister.
Rory Stewart has mentioned the transfer would ease strain on prisons and be higher for offenders.
In feedback reported by The Each day Telegraph, he mentioned that “very quick” jail phrases have been “lengthy sufficient to wreck you and never lengthy sufficient to heal you”.
He added: “You carry someone in for 3 or 4 weeks, they lose their home, their job, their household, their repute.
“They arrive [into prison], they meet numerous attention-grabbing characters (to place it politely) and then you definitely whap them on to the streets once more.
“The general public are safer if we now have a very good group sentence… and it’ll relieve numerous strain on prisons.”
He mentioned that the exception to his proposal can be violent offenders or these convicted of intercourse offences.
Mr Stewart instructed the newspaper that such a transfer would release 4,000 jail locations and create more room for schooling and workshops, including: “We will change lives extra”.
The variety of prisoners has doubled because the 1990s to round 80,000 and round 60% of short-term prisoners re-offend inside a yr of their launch, the Telegraph says.
The Jail Reform Belief says that just about half of prisoners in England and Wales have been sentenced to 6 months or much less.
In a report final yr known as Jail: The Info, the belief mentioned quick jail sentences have been much less efficient than community-based sentences, but use of the latter had greater than halved within the earlier decade.
Peter Dawson, director of the Jail Reform Belief, mentioned: Ministers must be congratulated for having the political braveness to start out the talk.”
A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman mentioned: “As we now have mentioned beforehand, quick sentences are too typically ineffective, present little alternative to rehabilitate offenders and result in unacceptably excessive charges of re-offending.
“That is why we’re exploring potential alternate options however this work is ongoing and we now have reached no conclusions at the moment.”