Two problems have haunted successive home and justice ministers. The first is that three fifths of prisoners who have served sentences of less than 12 months reoffend. Second, there's no system of support for them on release, and these days no cash to set one up. Many would suggest community sentences work better than imprisonment. But this government ? like the last ? believes in prison, even though short sentences rarely include rehabilitation, hence the high level of reoffending. Another option is to privatise the service and introduce payment by results.
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