The summer of discontent in our jails continues....
Scotland's chief inspector of prisons has called for an end to jail terms of less than 12 months.
David Strang said the evidence was clear that such sentences did not cut crime and called for a "more creative approach" to community-based options. Since 2010 the Scottish courts have operated a presumption against prison sentences of three months or less.The Scottish government has yet to publish its response to a consultation on increasing that to 12 months.
"I’m expected to make recommendations on everything from housing to debt for parents in need of assistance. I’m out of my depth."
"Jim Brown" writes, "As we all know, the main reason given for the imposition of TR was the scandalous release of prisoners serving 12 months or less 'with just £46 in their pocket'. It was a soundbite repeated by Chris Grayling ad nauseam as a way to get political support for the whole TR project.
At last it would magically result in all prisoners being assisted into employment and education by the innovative and cash incentivised CRCs. For the group probation had 'ignored', the so-called 'Through the Gate' initiative would deliver both a reduction in reoffending and handsome rewards for the contractors through Payment by Results. What a wheeze - what was not to like? What could possibly go wrong?