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Grim reading in new sentencing guidelines on burglary

Crumbs of comfort in today’s new guidelines on burglary from the Sentencing Council. The age of those convicted, or their ‘lack of maturity’, is listed as a mitigating factor when it comes to sentencing. Drug rehabilitation, rather than prison, is recommended for those where there is a reasonable prospect of success (though committing a burglary while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is also treated as an aggravating factor).

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