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A Secure Place?

By Mike Cunningham On January 10th, 2015 at 7:24 pm

Owen Bonner went on the run while on escorted leave

A spokeswoman for the Scottish government said: “We are keen to trace this man as soon as possible, you are advised not to approach him and if anyone sees him, or has any information regarding his whereabouts, they should contact Police Scotland on 101.”

..and Lessons, we will no doubt be told; will be learned!


Trouble is, the ones who are supposed to be doing the learning seem to have I.Q.s in the low 40’s



The man from Del Monte stays here

By Mike Cunningham On May 31st, 2013 at 9:55 am


I am not, as a rule, over-complimentary of our Justice and Prisons system; but there always is a first time for seeing things getting better. We see far too many lenient or virtually non-existent sentences passed by woolly, well-minded judges to be anything but truly cynical about the whole Justice process, but very occasionally we see a light shining through the murk.

So it is with a glad hand that I write of the sound and thoroughly welcome decision to keep the thieving, lying Asil Nadir in the friendly, cuddly confines of Belmarsh Prison instead of allowing him to fly off to Turkey, where he might, or might well not, have completed his sentence for fraud and embezzlement.

Apart from anything else, his defence was paid for by the British taxpayer, as he pleaded poverty; but was able to repay some five million quid under the threat of more prison time.



By David Vance On January 9th, 2013 at 7:10 am

What is going on in our society that this situation can arise?

“The justice minister has been urged to provide extra space at HMP Birmingham to cope with the rising number of sex offenders being sent there. The Independent Monitoring Board said the jail was struggling to cope with more historical sex offence cases being solved, a rise in internet pornography convictions and more rape prosecutions. It has now written to Chris Grayling asking for him to investigate urgently. The Prison Service said the report would be “fully considered”. In its report, the board said the prison was “experiencing difficulty” in working with the Prison Service to transfer sex offenders to other jails for help in dealing with their specific problems.”

“Help in dealing with their problems”??? How about making them wish they did not commit such serious crimes as rape? The justice system SHOULD be about punishment first and foremost. All this bleeding heart mantra about “helping” sex offenders is just a deflection from the reality of what prison SHOULD be about in my opinion.  The way you stop any criminal re-offending is to make prison life so harsh, so relentlessly grim, that they NEVER want to go back.


By David Vance On January 5th, 2013 at 10:30 am

I thought this was rather interesting;

Justice Minister Chris Grayling says that he would “ultimately” like to introduce a system under which only prisoners who have behaved well are released early.Casting aside the doubts of his predecessor, Kenneth Clarke, Mr Grayling insists that putting “people behind bars reduces crime”. However, he warns that “there are financial constraints” and that such radical changes cannot be delivered “overnight”.

The vast majority of prisoners are automatically released after serving half their sentence under rules introduced by Labour, which removed discretion within the system to release only those who had behaved well. As a result, thousands of dangerous criminals and rapists have been returned to the streets after serving just a few years in prison.

You see the problems. Labour, when in Government, ensured that convicts got out in HALF the time they were actually sentenced to — so much for “tough on crime”. The Coalition appears to realise that if you put criminals behind bars it tends to stop them committing crime BUT financial constraints mean this is more of a long term aspiration. So, in other words, just empty talk. It is not about keeping hardened criminals behind bars for longer, although that would be helpful, it is about making prison life SO HARSH that they NEVER want to go back again. That is the fatal flaw in Grayling’s thinking…it avoids the essential need to punish.

I reckon we should be told…

By Mike Cunningham On October 27th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

….who the idiot was who organised the stay in the North Sea Camp open prison in Boston, Lincolnshire of Ivan Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, who has absconded after being let out on day release.

The 47 year-old is described as dangerous and predatory!!!


Why here?

By Mike Cunningham On May 30th, 2012 at 11:03 am

I note that Ex-President Charles Taylor of Liberia has just been clobbered with a fifty year sentence, for which much rejoicing.


But why do we have to give this scrote room and board in a British jail, when he deserves at least return to his native soil, where he would be eagerly welcomed!


By David Vance On April 19th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I read that calls for prisons to rehabilitate offenders and not simply punish them are more than “do-goodery”, the Justice Department’s top civil servant has said. Nick Perry, permanent secretary at the department, said the devolution of law and order powers to Stormont had allowed for a major overhaul of the justice system, including prisons.

Well, I disagree. There is next to no punishment and a plethora of do-goodery. And what happens when we have an emasculated prison “service”?

The Northern Ireland Prison Service has begun an investigation after three officers were injured during trouble inside Maghaberry Jail in County Antrim. The incident happened when three inmates refused to go back into their cells after using phones just before 19:00 BST on Wednesday. A scuffle then broke out. One prison officer was knocked unconscious, another was cut behind the ear and a woman prison officer was treated for shock. They were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast but discharged after treatment.

An ‘enterprise’ zone.

By Mike Cunningham On January 18th, 2012 at 10:29 am

If you listened to today’s T0day Programme on the BBC, you would have heard a rare occurrence. You would have listened to an angry mother defending a Law which sent all the killers of her son to a justly-deserved prison sentence. You would have heard how  Lorraine Fraser, whose son Tyrone Clarke was stabbed to death in 2004, describe how current ‘joint enterprise law’ was used in her sons case. I stipulate the term ‘angry’ because moves are afoot to modify or even to diminish the outlines of this very old piece of Legislation.

As we also heard, earlier in the programme, Gloria Morrison of Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association (JENGbA) , another of these pressure groups with not-so-catchy acronyms for their names, was arguing that the trawl of gang members carried out after a death was unjust, illiberal and probably fattening as well. She seemed to want either a repeal of the Law itself, or if that did not occur, a definite diminution of its effects on gang-related crime and murder.

As for the arguments, let me state that I am a sucker for any Law which puts all those who even cheered the killers on inside prison; my only dissent is the ridiculously small amount of time spent in prison by these wanna-be baddies! Lorraine gets my vote any day of the week!

We don’t need more prisons, we just need a large open space surrounded by multi-layered anti-personnel mines and a fence to keep the illiterate from trying to break in!


By David Vance On December 19th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

This is easily sorted out.

“Thirty republican inmates at Maghaberry jail are planning to intensify protests which have already caused more than £1m worth of damage to the prison.

Justice committee chairman Univseral Paul Givan has warned that the jail is “being held to ransom” by the prisoners who, for more than 18 months, have been involved in protest tactics inside the jail.

They claim that conditions within Maghaberry are “inhumane” and are demanding an end to full-body searching of prisoners at the separated unit Roe House, where they are housed. The Prison Service recently spent £35,000 on body scanners to remove the need for full body searches within the prison as part of an agreement reached with the inmates in August that temporarily halted the protests. However, the authorities have insisted that there is still a need for full body searches on entering and exiting the separated unit.”

That’s £1million of taxpayers money wasted. Here’s what to do. Throw some straw in a bare cell and see how they get on. We are far too soft on these convicts who cause such damage.


By David Vance On August 19th, 2011 at 8:41 am

Bit of a no brainer here;

The prison population has increased by more than 100 a day over the past week as courts process cases of rioting and looting, prison governors have said. They said total jail numbers were 86,608 in England and Wales, a rise of 677 in the six days up to Thursday. The Prison Governors Association warned jails would run out of space if they continued to fill up at such a rate. However, the organisation said there was no immediate crisis. Official figures have yet to be released.

I sincerely hope the prison population rises much further as the feral scum that infested our streets a week or so ago pay for their crimes. If we need MORE prison spaces, BUILD them. However my real concern is what happens inside these prisons. The same process of liberal triumphalism that has eroded the rule of law outside prisons has done exactly the same INSIDE. Prisons are not places of punishment, regrettably. Instead they have been turned into places where convicts enjoy better conditions that they would outside those walls. The notion that prison is ALL about rehabilitation has become dominant, crushing the equally important idea that prison is also about punishment. I believe that austerity must be the order of the day for those behind bars. They should learn the lesson that prison is a place they NEVER want to go back to. Providing gyms, Play Stations, Plasma TV’s is not my idea of how one achieves such a result and it is telling that many convicts have NO fear whatsoever of going back into prison. It’s all a joke to them. Not so sure their victims  are laughing though.

Here’s a Norwegian prison…the pinnacle of liberal enlightenment.

The £15 million Halden Prison

It’s a long way from punishment, baby.