In the Media

Judges are told not to jail criminals if prisons are full

PUBLISHED January 14, 2005

Jail sentences are to be linked to whether there are enough prison places [~] for the first time in British history [~] under government proposals that provoked outrage last night.

Judges will be expected to consider the state of prisons and the numbers already in them when deciding if a criminal should be jailed or given a community sentence.