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It's a myth that we're too 'soft' on serious young offenders – our research shows why

By Serena Wright, Lecturer in Criminology, Royal Holloway University of London
Susie Hulley, Senior Research Associate in Criminology, University of Cambridge
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The BBC drama, Time, offered a rare and unusually realistic insight into the significant pains of imprisonment in England and Wales. It challenged the assumption that prison is too soft, and that prison sentences ought to be longer and harsher. Such sentiments are repeatedly echoed in political rhetoric. Boris Johnson once complained that while “soft” was “the perfect way to serve French cheese”, it was “not how we should…

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