This summer was expected to be a pivotal moment in sentence reform, with the expectation that former Justice Minister, David Gauke, would publish a White Paper to introduce proposals to restrict the use of short sentences. But with a new Prime Minister, a new Justice Secretary, and a ‘tough’ approach to law and order being ushered in, the future of reforming short-term prison sentences is at best uncertain.
The man with a hammer tends to see every problem as a nail. By the same token, the think tank in search of prison as the answer to crime will surely find it.
Speech given by Chief Constable Peter Neyroud, Chief Executive, National Policing Improvement Agency and member of the Sentencing Guidelines Council, at the New Developments in Criminal Justice lecture seminar.
Crime, persistent offenders and the justice gap begins by outlining the problem of ‘attrition’ in the criminal justice system. Attrition refers to the gap between levels of known crime and the response of the criminal justice system in terms of prosecutions, convictions and sentencing. As this paper illustrates, different understandings of known crime lead to different conclusions about the attrition rate.
This report sets out the results of a scoping study.
Chapter one provides the context examining the current sentencing framework and the commissioning structures being created by the National Offender Management Service.
Chapter two reviews the needs of offenders with multiple needs and considers the most effective interventions.
Based on the detailed recommendations in the first two chapters, in chapter three we set out the model for a proposed demonstration project.