Justice secretary says ‘robust community order regime’ would be better alternative

The justice secretary has said he wants to end short prison sentences because they do not work and hopes that technology and more community sentences will provide better alternatives to jail.

In a break with the “prison works” mantra of past Conservative governments, David Gauke outlined the plans which reformers hope will be more than just talk.

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