See more like "Prison Estate: Reducing Costs"

Prison Estate: Reducing Costs
Exerpts for David Hanson
Tuesday 12 March 2019

(10 months, 2 weeks ago)

Read Full debate
Commons Chamber
Ministry of Justice
Rory Stewart Parliament Live - Hansard
12 Mar 2019, 11:57 a.m.

First, I make it absolutely clear that no decision on sentencing policy will be driven by anything other than public protection. That is the key in any sentencing decision. Secondly, I make it absolutely clear that we are fully behind the Home Secretary and the work that is being done on knife crime and we want to make sure that judges have the full powers at their disposal to deal with people who are wielding knives.

David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) Hansard
12 Mar 2019, 11:57 a.m.

Will the Minister confirm to the House that he will not go cold on the Justice Secretary’s pledge to reduce short sentences? Short sentences and removing people from prison who will reoffend if they go to prison are the surest way to save money and to stop reoffending in the long term.

Rory Stewart Parliament Live - Hansard
12 Mar 2019, 11:57 a.m.

As the right hon. Gentleman is aware, this is something that we are continuing to look at very carefully and we are continuing to learn both from what has happened in Scotland and the evidence that suggests, on the basis of a study of 130 different characteristics in 300,000 separate offenders, that people are more likely to reoffend with a short custodial sentence and therefore that tens of thousands more crimes are committed every year by the wrong use of a custodial sentence.