Kenneth Clarke to push drug and alcohol rehabilitation for women prisoners

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke is planning to keep prison for the most serious offenders, and those women who would normally get sentences of less than 12 months should be given community service orders and the opportunity of rehabilitation should it be necessary.
Kenneth Clarke said that he wants to see a “rehabilitation revolution” involving thousands of offenders avoiding jail and getting the help they need to get out of a life of crime.
Stephen Otter, chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, is also backing the plans.  He has said that the case for keeping women out of prison is “very compelling”.  His comments came as reports suggest that money should be saved by closing women’s prisons and focusing the funds and manpower on improving community sentences.