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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

March 13, 2006: 'Community Sentences Cut Crime' Campaign

The Howard League for Penal Reform has launched a campaign to show that 'Community Sentences Cut Crime'. The campaign aims to encourage public and government support for community sentences, and is structured around the Howard League's core beliefs and values that:

  • They  work for a safer society where fewer people are the victims of crime
  • Community sentences make a person take responsibility and help them to lead a law-abiding life in the community
  • People must make amends for their offences and change their lives

According to the Howard League, replacing 20,000 prison places with alternative sentences would save the taxpayer a total of £690 million. A reduction in the prison population of 5% (3,500) would save £120 million.

The Howard League has launched an Award scheme to celebrate and draw attention to the most successful programmes round the country. Today the Howard League celebrated one of the outstanding community programme Award winners - the Suffolk Reparation and Mediation Service (SRAMS).

Crime Concern's SRAMS, which compliments the work of three Suffolk youth offending service teams, is an inclusive restorative justice project that works with young people to find appropriate ways for them to make amends to their local community for the offences they have committed.

The project allows young people to describe their feelings and shape outcomes, acknowledge consequences and provide achievable opportunities that are valued in the community. It also gives victims a voice within the criminal justice system to assist them in putting the experience behind them.

Howard League Director Frances Crook said:

"For the majority of non-dangerous offenders community sentences are more likely to reduce the seriousness and frequency of re-offending. They help to make a person take responsibility for their offending and put something back into the community rather than sitting out their time on a prison bunk."

Campaign Manage Catryn Yousefi commented:

"Community sentences can cut crime by 14% and in 2004 had a success rate of 61%. Of the 128,077 people who started a community sentence in 2004, 77,621 successfully completed their sentence. In comparison most prisoners are reconvicted within two years of leaving prison. Well-resourced and structured community programmes are helping to bring down the rate of re-offending and repay the damage caused by crime."

The 2006 Community Programmes Award is a joint initiative with the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

The number of people starting community sentences under the supervision of the probation service in 2004 was 128,077 - 6% higher than 2003 and over 30% higher than the number in 1993. The number of people who successfully completed a community sentence in 2004 was 77,621. Reconviction rates for those serving community sentences are 14% lower than for those serving time in prison.