Government running out of ideas
Prisons are overcrowded and the government is running out of ideas to deal with it. They now want to stop judges setting prison sentences and leave it up to an independent body that probably wouldn’t actually be independent.
Sentences for criminals shouldn’t be up to independent panels or judges. Sentences should not take into account prison populations. Sentences should take in to account what society thinks a criminal should get and the best way to do that would be to have juries give the sentence to the criminal. That would be the best way of finding out what society thinks should be the best punishment for the crime.