Johnson orders sentencing review for dangerous offenders

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2019

Its remit is to look at the rules governing how and when violent and sexual offenders are released from prison.

"What's coming out of Number 10 is politics but not real life". And it will expand technology to detect and block mobiles being used in prisons and to identify those harassing victims or organising drug deals from inside. It's a lot of hot air'.

The investment into the prison service has been approved by Sajid Javid the chancellor, and Johnson said it is "vital they [prisoners] get the sentence they deserve".

Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Wera Hobhouse echoed the views that lengthening sentences simply overcrowds prisons and wastes public money.

Prison Reform Trust director Peter Dawson said any prison reform must begin with "facts" and "stoking up public anxiety" is a poor way to start.

"I want the criminals to be afraid - not the public", Mr Johnson wrote, echoing comments by Ms Patel, who said last week that she wanted to reverse the balance of fear so that criminals and potential offenders felt "terror".

"His proposed sentencing reforms ignore evidence that shows that longer prison sentences are ineffective at deterring crime or reducing re-offending".

And critics say none of it will make communities any safer.

It follows announcements of an extra 10,000 places in prison, backed by £2.5billion of funding, and the extensions of nationwide stop and search powers.

A YouGov poll suggests 74% of 2,153 adults in Great Britain back changes to stop and search.

According to the Telegraph, the prime minister wants to end the automatic release of prisoners that have served half of their sentence.

It is the second time this year that the stop-and-search powers have been extended.

The Prime Minister will host a round table this week, made up of leaders from the police, prison, probation, judicial and victims' groups.

Meanwhile, the prime minister also said the British government would invest 2.5 billion pounds (about 3.01 billion US dollars) to create 10,000 new prison places for serious violent and sexual offenders.

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