I am in the process of writing an essay for one of my modules for my criminology degree, regarding the reasons for the growth of the Prison Population in England and Wales.
I do have an idea of what I want to write about, however, I am just wondering if someone would be able to list a couple of laws and or acts which have been changed over the past 50 years which would now mean that the suspect in question would likely get a prison sentence, instead of simply being fined like they would have done in the past. This is going to be one of several points I will raise as to why the prison population has been growing in England and Wales over the years.
The issue I have is that i'm not really sure where to start looking, especially with the vast amount of laws and slight amendments made year-upon-year etc. It is quite confusing as I'm not a Law student lol.
I hope someone can help,
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