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David Cameron will say he wants to get away from the "sterile" debate that has become polarised between alternatives like "lock 'em up or let 'em out" and "blame the criminal or blame society".
On the importance of jail sentences, he will go on:
In a major speech, designed to recapture the political agenda after weeks of difficulties for the Government, David Cameron say 'serious crimes must be met with long prison sentences':
- All prisoners under the new plans will receive help turning their lives around and breaking the cycle of reoffending.
- Currently only those who are jailed for more than a year are given rehabilitation.
- The PM will say he wants to see all but a small number of high-risk prisoners receive support by the end of 2015.
- While placing a greater emphasis on rehabilitation, Cameron will seek to reassure supporters of tougher sentencing that he is not turning "soft or liberal" on law and order.
David Cameron will today announce a "rehabilitation revolution" under which virtually all prisoners will receive help turning their lives around and breaking the cycle of reoffending.
As part of what the Prime Minister will call a "tough but intelligent" approach to criminal justice, there will be a major extension of payment-by-results for companies, charities and voluntary groups who help offenders escape a life of crime.
Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust, urged Mr Cameron to take account of "wider social solutions many of which lie outside of the criminal justice system".
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the Government had been "weak and foolish" in its attitude to policing.
She said that a new slogan would be useless without the police numbers to back it up:
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After a week when good news on the economy was buried under the Chief Whip row, few in the Tory Party doubt it's time for a fresh start.
David Cameron will call for a new "tough but intelligent" approach to law and order today.