PRISON sentences of six months or less should be banned, a Scottish think-tank demanded over the weekend.
Reform Scotland said an outright ban on short sentences is the only way to bring about change in the justice system.
The call came ahead of its new report on prison reform which highlighted the lack of opportunities for rehabilitation during short sentences.
The think tank’s research director Alison Payne said: “The Scottish Prison Service itself has said that there are limited opportunities for rehabilitation during short sentences.
“Furthermore, the disruption of a short sentence, including loss of income and employment, and problems with childcare and family relationships, often makes the sentences disproportionate to the crime.”
But Prison Officers Association deputy secretary Andy Darken told the Star: “There is a place for short-term sentences.
“If people are put in prison longer, there’s a need for more spaces and more resources to monitor them.”