Fact: 629 women were serving less than a years sentence in 2016
Short prison sentences are less effective than community sentences at reducing reconviction. People serving prison sentences of less than 12 months had a reconviction rate seven percentage points higher than similar offenders serving a community sentence - they also committed more crimes.
Source: Ministry of Justice (2013) 2013 Compendium of re-offending statistics and analysis, London: Ministry of Justice
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