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Give courts powers to sentence offenders to national service instead of prison

Submitted by Angie Rayner on Thursday 25th January 2024

Published on Friday 2nd February 2024

Current status: Open

Open until: Friday 2nd August 2024

Current Signatures: 49
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Give courts powers to sentence offenders to national service instead of prison

Petition Details

We think the courts should be able to sentence convicted prisoners to a period of National Service instead of prison. We believe this could act as a stronger deterrent and help reduce crime.

Additional Information

Some prisons are overcrowded. Enabling offenders to be sent into national service will reduce the number of convicted prisoners. The army can teach prisoners self respect, discipline and give them purpose. Good behaviour could be rewarded with skills and qualifications, which could lead to better outcomes. National service could help bolster numbers in the army and bridge the gap.


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