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Juliet Lyon from the Prison Reform Trust said that prisons should only be used for serious and violent offenders.
She added that petty and persistent crimes should be dealt with by hard work in the community, paying back to their victims.
A report today from the Centre for Crime Prevention has found that many reoffending criminals are being served with community sentences.
The Centre for Crime Prevention has called for more prisons in the UK to deal with the 'failings' in the community service system.
Speaking to Daybreak, Peter Cuthbertson from the CCP said that community sentences should not be used for people with 11 or more offences.
A report from the organisation found that the sentences are failing to stop criminals reoffending.
Justice Minister Jeremy Wright has called the reoffending rate for criminals "unacceptably high".
A report out today has accused the community sentence system of 'failing' the public.
New figures released today found that more than three quarters of criminals sent to prison in 2011/12 had previously been given at least one community sentence.
- Of these offenders, more than 7,000 were given 11 or more community sentences, over a thousand were given 16 or more and just under 500 were given 21 or more
- Over half of the 407,838 criminals convicted of a criminal offence in 2011/12 had previously been given at least one community sentence
- Around 35 per cent of all adults given a community sentence reoffended within a year, resulting in 123,675 offences
- Compared to 30.7 per cent for adults sentenced to between four to 10 years in prison, serving at least two to five years, who committed another offence within a year
A report from the Centre for Crime Prevention has found that community sentences fail to protect the public, with a higher reoffending rate than a medium or long prison sentence.
It showed that over 123,000 offences were committed by more than 37,000 criminals within a year of them receiving a community sentence.
Community sentences are failing to protect the public and stop criminals reoffending, the Centre for Crime Prevention has said.
New figures show that nearly 8,000 criminals sent to prison last year had been handed 11 or more of the supervised orders.
More than three quarters of prisoners had previously received at least one community sentence.
The sentences often include between 40 and 300 hours of community work, such as clearing wasteland and removing graffiti.