Between April 2006 and April this year, offenders serving community sentences and suspended sentences were convicted of a total of 121 murders.But don’t blame the Ministry of Justice! How could they possibly know…? They aren’t psychic, you know:
The Ministry of Justice insisted that the vast majority of offenders on probation had originally committed only minor offences, giving no clue that they would later commit serious crimes when on probation.Really…?
Harry Fletcher, assistant general secretary of Napo, the probation officers' union, said: "The number of offenders involved in further serious crimes is less than 0.5 per cent of the total under supervision.Looks like Harry can predict ‘inevitable’ further offences. So can anyone, given the circumstances.
"Obviously we would like to get that figure as low as we can but we are dealing with people with mental health problems, drug and alcohol addictions and further offences are inevitable."
Not sure why it comes as a surprise to the MinJust apparatchiks though…