Prison and Alternatives

  • Richard Clutterbuck


It is well proven that the likelihood of conviction is a stronger deterrent than the likelihood of a heavy sentence. This must be looked at in the context of three-quarters of crimes being unreported and only 1 in 50 leading to a conviction. The majority of crimes are committed by previous offenders and most of them believe that the prospect of conviction is so low that it is easier to commit another crime than to look for some other means of livelihood.


Young Offender Guideline Sentence Life Sentence Solitary Confinement Prison Officer 
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Notes and References

  1. 2.
    Sir Ivan Lawrence, QC, MP, Chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, quoted on BBC Radio 4, The World Tonight, 5 March 1996.Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    Home Office, Protecting the Public: The Government’s Strategy on Crime in England and Wales (White Paper) (Cm 3190), London, HMSO, April 1996.Google Scholar

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© Richard Clutterbuck 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Clutterbuck
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ExeterUK

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