We work to improve the use and effectiveness of community sentences, and reduce the use of short prison sentences.
We want to see the increased use of community sentences utilising the best evidenced based practice across the UK.
There is national and international evidence that community sentences are more effective at reducing reoffending than short-term prison sentences and provide better value for money. When research has adjusted for the fact that individuals going to prison have a higher risk of re-off ending than those who receive community sentences, evidence continues to show that the reoffending rate of offenders on community sentences is lower.
In response to the ‘Strengthening Probation, Building Confidence’ consultation held by the Ministry of Justice, this briefing lays out the Centre’s vision for a new strategy for effective community supervision.