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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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Suspended sentences are 'the same as lines at school'

A woman whose son was murdered by a convict out on license has criticised suspended sentences for being too soft and compared them to "lines at school".

Caroline Shearer lost her 17-year-old son Jay Whiston after he was stabbed to death at a house party in Essex in October 2012 and now campaigns for tougher sentencing for those carrying a knife.

"At school you used to get lines. You know, it is exactly the same as a suspended sentence - lines."

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