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Call for suspended sentences to be abolished

Suspended sentences are repeatedly handed out to serial offenders with previous convictions, campaigners said. A Freedom of Information request from the Centre for Crime Prevention found 31% of sentences handed out were suspended.

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'9K offenders' got suspended sentence despite record

Around 9,000 offenders were given a suspended sentence despite previous convictions or criminal record, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Suspended sentences are being given liberally to offenders with a record, the CCP said. Credit: PA

The Centre for Crime Prevention (CCP) found 9,052 offenders were given a suspended sentence in 2012/13, despite having 15 or more previous convictions or cautions.

Another 11,670 criminals received suspended jail sentences despite a criminal record of 10 previous convictions or cautions.

CCP's research also shows almost one in three - or 31% - of prison sentences were suspended in 2012, up from 2% in 2002.

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