Offenders placed in prison for a day in a bid to cut re-offending
- 16 May
A think tank has said that threatening offenders with a "day or two in prison" if they preach a community order would help to reduce the rates of re-offending.
The Centre for Social Justice has urged the government to look to the US where this approach appears to work. The report has said that a third of people given community sentences re-offended within a year, reports the BBC.
Community sentences, where an offender does not have to spend time in hail, range from 300 hours unpaid work to voluntary addiction treatment or having to make amends to a victim. However the CSJ believe the system is regarded as a "laughing stock" by offenders. They believe that putting those who breach a community order in jail for a short time would restore credibility.
The CSJ report found that 17,066 people had their sentence in the community removed due to them failing to comply with requirements. It said almost 28,000 offenders given community orders had at least fifteen previous cautions or convictions.
"Many prolific offenders are refusing to take their punishment and rehabilitation seriously and are getting away with it," deputy policy director Edward Boyd said.
Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said the report highlighted "unacceptably high" recidivism among offenders.
"We are making changes that will mean they will have to contain an element of punishment, such as a curfew or community service, when imposed on adult offenders. Anyone who refuses to complete their community sentence can expect to be hauled back in front of a judge and face further punishment."
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