Fewer people given prison sentences reformers reveal

PUBLISHED: 16:14 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:15 23 April 2013

St Albans Magistrates Court

St Albans Magistrates Court


FEWER criminals are being given prison sentences in Herts, penal reformers have revealed.

Figures published by the Howard League for Penal Reform show that just 2.7 per cent of law breakers dealt with in Magistrate’s Courts were sent down in 2011, down from 3.4 per cent in 2001.

These figures are lower then the national average of – 4.8 percent in 2001 and 3.8 per cent in 2011.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “It is pleasing to see that magistrates’ courts are sending fewer people to prison overall than they have in the past.

“However, one cannot ignore the striking disparity in sentencing trends between different criminal justice areas.”

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