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By ATWadmin On May 30th, 2008

So, here is how the UK Labour government is dealing with crime…

32,000 convicted criminals will have been released early from prison in the past year since government’s early release programme. The criminals to have benefited so far include 5,000 violent offenders – convicted of crimes including serious assault – as well as more than 2,300 burglars, 600 robbers and 6,000 thieves. Some are being sent to £250-a-night bed-and-breakfast hotels after being freed.

Yip – tough on crime….even tougher on the victims of crime.

7 Responses to “TOUGH ON CRIME…”

  1. try this for tough on crime!!!


  2. Sickening.

  3. It’s obvious that the shortage of prison places is perverting the UK justice system. Two changes would achieve a lot:

    1. Make the judges do away with minimum sentences. The default should be the maximum, and the judge should have to explain in open court why he / she is handing down less.

    2. Abolish parole. The sentence handed down is served in full, no exceptions.

    This will require an increase in the prison population from (about) 90,000 to (about) 120,000 or so, meaning an increase of 33% in the prison estate.

    Solution: Prison bonds. The public subscribe to government backed bonds which are attractively priced in terms of interest and redemption. It provides the capital for the new jails and is a vote winner. And it keeps prisons in the public sector, where they should be. As should the judges, paid by the taxpayers to hand out justice, not lollypops, to criminals.

    Don’t get me started…

  4. It’s clear to me that the lack of sufficient prisons/cells and the release of all these criminals is not a case of "incompetence" but of deliberate policy on the part of New Labour. Truly their hatred of Britain knows no bounds.

  5. Introduce categories for Murder:

    Category 1: Full Life Term.
    Category 2: 25-35years after 25years there will be a review and possible parole.
    Category 3: 15-35 years after 15years there will be a review and possible parole.

    Paedophiles, Rapists and Drug Dealers will be given a full term Category 2.

    There will be a 3 strikes rule for recurrent criminals of low level crime. After the 3rd conviction you will automatically go to Category 2.

    3 strikes rule example for petty crime:
    If you get a conviction strike 1 get another conviction strike 2 the next time you are convicted strike 3 and you get a minimum of Category 2: 25-35 years. If you have committed several burglaries, stolen several cars, or committed any multiple crime you will go straight to the Category 2 full term.

    There will be prison gardens and farms were the prisoners will be required to grow their own produce for the prison kitchen. Don’t work don’t eat.

    All visits will be behind a floor to ceiling reinforced glass screen. There will be no physical contact between prisoners or visitors.

    Any prisoner found with drugs or other contraband will be given an extra 5 years without parole for each item of contraband. There will be a minimum of 12 searches in any 12 month period.

  6. In addition to the above suggestions which I broadly agree with (not so sure on the prison bonds though) I would also advocate doing away with the huge numbers of small sentences which are just expensive wasteful and serve no purpose. Prison cells are also full of people doing sentences of 1 or 2 months for reasonably minor offences (or not paying fines) which could be much better dealt with outside the prison system.

    Free up thousands of places for those who deserve and should get much longer sentences

  7. Ranger

    Great comment at 7.44. What a shame there’s not a politician in the land who would advocate anything like it.

    I would add public work gangs for juvenile delinquents. They would go out on environmental clean-ups, removing grafitti, litter, weeds and / or planting trees, but in prison uniform, so the public would see them for what they are. That would be better than "detention" and might just help them to find something in their lives, so that they would be less likely to re-offend.