Parliamentary questions

Ministry of Justice | Prison Sentences

Date of question: 27.02.2018
Alex Sobel MP
"To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of sentences below three months in reducing reoffending."
"The decision to impose a custodial sentence of any length is for the court in the individual case, following the law and sentencing guidelines. There will be cases where the court decides a short custodial sentence is the only sentence that is appropriate, for example, where the offender displays a pattern of re-offending. In response to the high reoffending rates of offenders, changes introduced in the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 ensure that offenders given short sentences now receive supervision and support on release for a period of twelve months. We are monitoring the effect that those provisions have on reoffending rates."
Rory Stewart MP, Minister of State for Prisons
"The decision to impose a custodial sentence of any length is for the court in the individual case, following the law and sentencing guidelines. There will be cases where the court decides a short custodial sentence is the only sentence that is appropriate, for example, where the offender displays a pattern of re-offending. In response to the high reoffending rates of offenders, changes introduced in the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 ensure that offenders given short sentences now receive supervision and support on release for a period of twelve months. We are monitoring the effect that those provisions have on reoffending rates."

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