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Community Sentences

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

23. To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to improve public perception of the effectiveness of community sentences. (182488)

Confidence in community sentences is increasing. A three year PR campaign has raised the profile of community sentences, using innovative ideas such as local radio disc jockeys undertaking community order requirements on air. A new campaign is being launched using TV, internet and print to focus particularly on how effective community sentences can be. In the last 10 years the number of community sentences has increased by 44 per cent.