What is the best way to cut crime and save money?
Government plans to lock up fewer criminals would not reduce offending or cut costs, a report says. Do you agree?
Professor Ken Pease, a former criminologist who worked for the Home Office, says community sentences appear to have no effect on reconviction rates.
In his report, Prison, Community Sentencing and Crime, for the think-tank Civitas, he also says that any move away from the use of custodial sentences should be based on more than just short-term political reasons.
Last month the justice secretary, Ken Clarke, called for alternatives to jail to be developed.
Should fewer criminals be jailed? Do you work in the justice system? Does community service work? What other methods could cut crime?
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