Prison chief's call to end 12-month jail sentences

Scotland's chief inspector of prisons has called for an end to jail terms of less than 12 months.David Strang said the evidence was clear that such sentences did not cut crime and called for a "more creative approach" to community-based options.Since 2010 the Scottish courts have operated a presumption against prison sentences of three months or less.The Scottish government has yet to publish its response to a consultation on increasing that to 12 months.Speaking on the BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme, Mr Strang, who was formerly the chief constable of Lothian and Borders Police, said sending more people to jail to serve shorter sentences would result in reconviction rates spiralling as well as an increase in offending.