Ending short prison sentences


This report from the UK think tank Civitas looks at whether the proposal to end shorter prison sentences would be an amnesty for prolific thieves and burglars.

During Theresa May’s premiership, ministers have been making the case for abolishing prison shorter than six months, except for violent and sex offenders. The aim is to reduce the numbers going to prison by tens of thousands a year, with those otherwise receiving short sentences instead receiving non-custodial punishments.

This report uses the official Ministry of Justice data to explore the implications of this proposal, and questions whether it can be taken forward without any compromise of public safety. It shows that most of those who would escape prison as a result would be prolific offenders.

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