Community sentencing: Reducing reoffending, changing lives

Published: May 2008

Ministry of Justice, National Probation Service

"Prison works, but it’s not the answer for all offenders. For serious, violent and persistent offenders, a long period behind bars is without doubt the right course of action. But for those who might otherwise receive a short prison term the evidence is clear – a community sentence can be more effective in terms of turning them away from crime."