Community sentences 'a failure'

Community sentences are failing to protect the public and stop criminals reoffending, the Centre for Crime Prevention has said.

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Community sentences 'pay back to the victims'

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.

Centre for Crime Prevention: 'We need more prisons'

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.

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Government: 'Toughening up' community sentences

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.

We are tackling this by changing the way we deal with offenders released after short sentences, so there is greater supervision and rehabilitation.

Prison does work. But we are toughening up community sentences so every sentence contains a genuine punishment, including fines, unpaid work and strict curfews and exclusion zones - which can be enforced with state-of-the-art GPS tracking.

– Jeremy Wright, Justice Minister

35% with community sentence reoffended within a year

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

CCP: 'Stiff prison sentences protect the public'

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 fail to protect the public and fail to stop reoffending. Prison works.

These figures prove that letting thousands of criminals off with one community sentence after another is failing. Stiff prison sentences protect the public and have lower reoffending rates.

– Peter Cuthbertson, CCP director

Community sentences branded a failure

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.

8,000 criminals sent to prison last year had been handed 11 or more of the supervised orders Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

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.

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