Over 60 per cent of all those sentenced to prison in England and Wales are subject to a sentence of less than a year. The vast majority are sentenced to less than six months in custody.
What are the options for the government to intervene in prison sentencing in response to COVID-19?
COVID-19 means we are going to have to do things differently. Prison sentencing included.
In May last year I was among more than a hundred organisational representatives who trooped over to the (unfortunately named given current events in Syria and Iraq) Isis youth prison in south east London.
There are at least two ways of thinking about the prisons crisis and about what it would mean to get out the crisis.
First, we can think about the prison crisis as a crisis in prisons...