McArthur: Parliament agrees short sentences do more harm than good

Commenting after the Scottish Parliament voted to extend the presumption against short prison sentences from three to 12 months, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

“Scottish Liberal Democrats have been calling for stronger presumption for years.

“All the evidence shows that sending people to prison for a matter of months does much more harm than good. Parliament has today endorsed that. By contrast, robust community-based sentences have a much better track record of rehabilitating people and reducing reoffending rates.

“This policy will now need to be backed by the resources to make criminal justice social work a success but it’s the right thing to do to make our communities safer and our justice system more effective.”

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