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Jenny Chapman (Labour) is right when she suggest that “The big risk if this bill [changes to probation services] goes forward is that the magistrates will lose confidence in the options available to them in probation, and so do what they feel safe doing, which is sending people to prison”

Magistrates I talk to are always looking for alternatives to prison that work. The problem seems to be bring ideas and sentences to the table takes too long and is very limited.

http://m.guardian.co.uk/ms/p/gnm/op/view.m?id=15&gid=/society/2012/jun/24/former-prisons-

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