In common with many others working in criminal justice, the Lord Chief Justice takes the view that the detection of the criminal is the most effective deterrent. Research repeatedly shows that imprisonment's net effect is to increase recidivism.
Conversely, the work of the Probation Service in addressing criminality and the underlying causes of offending (most notably substance misuse), serves to reduce the likelihood of further criminal behaviour.
A J Barrow
Chief Probation Officer
Suffolk Probation Service