Government expects shoplifting to decrease
Published:  13 January, 2011

The government is aiming to reduce the number of people serving jail sentences for shoplifting.

There are currently 12,500 people in prison serving terms of under six months for such offences, and ministers hope that government action to tackle drug addiction will have an effect on this number within the life of the current Parliament.

Justice minister Crispin Blunt told the Commons: “In 2008, the rate of reconviction within one year for adults convicted of offences related to shoplifting was 78.3%. That is an unacceptably high rate.”

Blunt said drug addiction was at the root of most shoplifting, and a payment-by-results scheme to curb drug abuse should mean the number of shoplifting convictions “will begin to decrease significantly”.

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