Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Weak on crime, weak on the causes of crime

Under "harsh" new sentencing guidelines, many burglars and thieves could be released early and will now be "supervised" for the remainder of their sentence according to a report in The Times . Where do they find such people so out of touch with the realities of modern life? If supervision really is as tough as they claim, why not close prisons down altogether and supervise the criminals for their entire sentence!?!

In the case of more dangerous sexual or violent crimes with a maximum penalty of ten years or more, the offender will be given an “indeterminate sentence for public protection". This means that a parole board will decide "on behalf of the public" before release is recommended. I struggle to balance this desire to protect the public with the knowledge that a group of civil servants can continue to incarcerate those who have already served their tariff in full.

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