Friday, 4 January 2008

Labour's scandalous early release scheme

Recently published Government statistics reveal that 425 criminals have been let out of prison before finishing their sentences across Kent since June, under Labour’s controversial new early release scheme. Nearly 100 of those released were housed in prisons in Rochester and Maidstone.

Across the country, 11,000 criminals have already walked out of prison early under the ‘end of custody licence’ system, with an estimated 25,500 criminals to be let out over a full year. They include violent offenders and foreign nationals convicted of serious offences. The scheme was introduced because a shortage in prison places, thanks to a funding crisis caused by Gordon Brown.

In my view, serious crimes should be punished by a prison sentence, not least to protect the public. At least now we can see why violent crime has doubled under this Government when Gordon Brown is giving the culprits a ‘get out of jail’ card. This is fundamentally wrong. Sentences should fit the crime, not this week’s prison capacity.

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