Policy Watch - Criminal Justice


Managing offenders on short custodial sentences




A new National Audit Office report says that more could be done to rehabilitate prisoners serving short sentences and reduce their risk of re-offending.

More than 60,000 prisoners serve sentences of under 12 months each year at a cost to NOMS of around £300 million. NOMS is successfully keeping the vast majority of short-sentenced prisoners safe and well - a notable achievement in a time of prison overcrowding - but is currently struggling to manage this group effectively, in part because most spend six weeks or less in prison.