Nearly one in three prison terms handed down by courts is now a suspended sentence, shocking research reveals today.

A decade ago only two per cent of all jail terms were suspended – a sentence which allows criminals to stay on the streets unless they break its terms or re-offend.

But an explosion in their use after Labour relaxed the law means nearly 45,000 criminals received suspended terms in a single year – up from just 2,500 in 2002.

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