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Government backdown on short sentences?

Our Director, Richard Garside, was quoted in The Times (paywall) on Justice Secretary David Gauke's recently announced prison reform plans.

In the wake of recent deaths from knife violence reported in the media, the Justice Secretary appears to be diluting his proposals to abolish short-term sentences, after facing pressure from the Prime Minister. At the weekend No. 10 said that both short and long-term sentences would be necessary...

12 March 2019
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Action needed on short prison sentences in Scotland

In 2010 the Scottish Government legislated for a presumption against sentences of less than three months. Six months had been sought, but cross-party support was absent for the minority SNP...

By 
Kenny MacAskill
24 June 2016