Alternatives to prison

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on alternatives to prison. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
19.01.2010Youth crime and punishment in England and Wales
This note summarises the statistics relating to the youth criminal justice system in England and Wales.

Research Papers

DateDescription
03.12.2002Criminal Justice Bill:Sentencing (Bill 8 2002/03)
Criminal Justice Bill:Sentencing (Bill 8 of 2002/03) .House of Commons Library Research Paper 02/76.
27.03.2000Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill: probation, community sentences and exclusion orders (Bill 91 1999 /2000)
Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill: probation, community sentences and exclusion orders (Bill 91 of 1999/2000). House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/36.
01.11.1996The Crime (Sentences) Bill 1996/97
The Crime (Sentences) Bill (Bill 3 1996/97). House of Commons Library Research Paper 96/99.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
16.03.2010Cutting crime: the case for justice reinvestment.
Government response. Ministry of Justice report [Commons]
01.12.2009Cutting crime: the case for justice reinvestment.
Justice Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
12.01.2012COMMUNITY SENTENCES
<p>That this House recognises the contribution community sentences make to reducing reoffending rates and keeping communities safer as a result; notes that community sentences cost ...
13.07.2011COMPETITIVE TENDERING OF PROBATION WORK
That this House notes that the Ministry of Justice intend to put all probation work out to competitive tender; believes that prior privatisations in the probation sector have been unsuccessful; ...
08.02.2010NATIONAL OFFENDER MANAGEMENT SERVICES
That this House believes that the record high prison population and reducing budgets have undermined the National Offender Management Service's objective of tackling re-offending; considers ...
15.12.2009PROBATION
That this House urges the Government to ensure that the Probation Service in England and Wales has sufficient resources to ensure that it can carry out its statutory duties in an effective ...
18.05.2009PROBATION SERVICE
That this House urges the Government to ensure that the Probation Service in England and Wales has sufficient resources to ensure that it can carry out its statutory duties in an effective ...

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
16.05.2013Offender Rehabilitation Bill [HL] (HL Bill 2 of 2013-14)
The Offender Rehabilitation Bill would provide increased support and supervision upon release for those serving prison sentences of up to two years, and would make changes to the arrangements for community orders and suspended sentence orders. This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the Bill's second reading in the House of Lords.

POST Papers

DateDescription
01.05.2008Alternatives to custodial sentencing, May 2008
Alternatives to custodial sentencing, May 2008. POSTnote 08/308.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses