Why a suspended sentence is a real punishment
Despite scepticism from the public, a suspended sentence can be severe and effective
‘Members of the public are often a little sceptical about the value of a suspended sentence.’ Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters
The suspended sentence is highly esteemed by judges and lawyers as a valuable sentencing option. Members of the public are often a little more sceptical.
After all, it seems strange that a court should first decide that an offence is sufficiently serious to warrant imprisonment, but then declare that the offender will not be sent to prison after all.