End short sentences now to fix prisons crisis

April 3, 2019 3:04 PM

Commons logo"Our prisons are in crisis. They are so overcrowded that they are failing at their central purpose: to prevent crime and keep communities safe by rehabilitating offenders, " said Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrats Justice spokesperson, responding to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee's 'Prison Population 2022' report, published today 3rd April.

"Even Tory Ministers now accept what the Liberal Democrats and the evidence have been saying for years: short prison sentences actually make people more likely to reoffend. Yet they are still locking up thousands of people for just a few weeks.

"The Liberal Democrats demand better. Instead of just talking about ending short sentences, the Government must urgently bring forward legislation to do it.

"Our goal must be to transform prisons into places of rehabilitation and recovery, with properly-funded education, training and treatment for prisoners to build a life free from crime."