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Dorset Judges Too Harsh

Jail

10:59am 22nd April 2013
(Updated 3:43pm 22nd April 2013)

Dorset magistrates are being asked to send few criminals to prison.

That's according to the Howard League for Penal Reform, despite Dorset putting a smaller percentage of its offenders behind bars than the national average.

Statistics released today show that in 2011, in 3.1 % of cases, custodial sentences were give, compared with the national average of 3.8%.

Norhamptonshire was the highest, jailing 6.5% with Warwickshire the lowest (1.5%).

The league say better use needs to be made of community sentences, with prison reserved for violent crime and where there is a threat to the public.

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