Custodial sentences key to protecting the public

Get the full story here: Daily Express, 25 April 2014, link.

More than 160,000 criminals convicted of an offence but not sent to jail during 2012 had previously committed at least 11 offences.

Of those 160,000 almost half went on to commit another crime within a year.

That is a vast number of people reoffending.

For them criminality is a way of life. […]

Peter Cuthbertson, of the Centre for Crime Prevention, is absolutely right when he says: “Soft justice doesn’t cut reoffending and it fails to protect the public. 

“If we tackle the under-use of prisons for prolific criminals there will be a dramatic fall in the crime rate.”

Get the full story here: Daily Express, 25 April 2014, link.