I last reported on the pitiful approach to knife-crime sentencing in October 2008.
And it seems things have not gotten any better in the last year.
Guidelines for sentencing those carrying knives tell judges that 12 weeks’ imprisonment should be the starting point for carrying a knife in public.
So you might be surprised to find that just 1 in 5 receives a custodial sentence & this figure has fallen by 25% in the last year.
From July to September last year 7,323 people were caught with a knife. Of these 1,660 were jailed. In the same time this year 6,399 were arrested & 1,215 were sent to prison.
The proportion of offenders given a community or suspended sentence has risen over the last year. Although the number of cautions has gone down, 1 in 4 offenders receive one.
Yet another example of the government talking tough but forgetting to turn words into action.