HC Deb 03 December 1919 vol 122 c421W

asked the, Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that short terms of imprisonment have been shown to have no reformative value, but, on the contrary, have generally a very deteriorating influence, especially on young offenders, he will give instructions for the immediate release of Edmund Gargate, a youth of eighteen, a first offender who has hitherto borne an excellent character, who, on 20th October, was sentenced to five months' imprisonment with hard labour?


I cannot agree with the conclusions of my Noble Friend as stated in the question. I have carefully considered the case of Edmund Gargate and consulted the learned judge who tried it, and I am not able to advise any interference with the sentence.

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