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Magistrates in Leicestershire twice as likely to send someone to prison

Magistrates in Leicestershire are more than twice as likely to send someone to prison compared to courts in other parts of the country.

New research from the Howard League for Penal Reform found that criminals in England and Wales face a postcode lottery when they're sentenced.

Magistrates' courts in Leicestershire handed down more than 18,000 sentences during 2011, of which 626 were custodial.