They suggest that community based sentences are the better option and that these should be used more frequently. From personal bitter experience I can tell you that a large proportion of offenders sentenced to community sentences do not complete their sentences and wind up getting nicked for breaching their community orders. So what happens with such cases in the future?... we can't bang them up because they will get sentences of less than a year for the breach, and it's pointless extending their community orders when they have just ignored the last one! I despair ... whatever next - issue tickets to serial shoplifters rather than nicking them because its only property ..... oh, hang on..... that's what we're doing already in some towns isn't it..? As ever, your views please ... I need someone to let me know what is wrong with me for wanting villains to be in prison where they can't then re-offend.
Firmly placed in the 'Just When You Thought The Country Couldn't Get Any Worse' file, we now hear that the Association of Prison Governors have suggested that we shouldn't be putting people in prison if they are sentenced to less than 12 months.!