The justice secretary has mentioned there’s a “very robust case” to abolish jail sentences of six months or much less.
David Gauke mentioned jail shouldn’t be working for hundreds of criminals as he referred to as for a extra “imaginative” strategy to crime and punishment.
As an alternative, he mentioned there must be a higher concentrate on rehabilitation in the neighborhood for the 30,000 offenders – together with burglars and shoplifters – who’re given quick sentences yearly.
The MP mentioned there’s a “very robust case” to scrap sentences of six months or much less, with some “carefully outlined exceptions” for violent offenders or these convicted of sexual offences.
Below his plan, he mentioned quick custodial phrases would get replaced by “sturdy” neighborhood orders.
In a speech in central London on Monday, he mentioned: “I feel now’s the time for us as a society, as a rustic, to start out a contemporary dialog, a nationwide debate about what justice, together with punishment, ought to appear like for our fashionable instances.”
Mr Gauke’s feedback are the clearest indication but of the federal government’s intention to maneuver away from the Conservative perception that “jail works”.
Final month, prisons minister Rory Stewart additionally gave a sign that quick jail phrases may very well be scrapped – describing them as “lengthy sufficient to break you and never lengthy sufficient to heal you”.
He added: “You convey anyone in for 3 or 4 weeks, they lose their home, their job, their household, their popularity.
“They arrive [into prison], they meet a whole lot of fascinating characters (to place it politely) and then you definitely whap them on to the streets once more.
“The general public are safer if we’ve got an excellent neighborhood sentence… and it’ll relieve a whole lot of strain on prisons.”
Mr Stewart added the transfer would unlock 4,000 jail locations and create more room for schooling and workshops.
The Jail Reform Belief says that nearly half of prisoners in England and Wales have been sentenced to 6 months or much less.