Heroin dealers will no longer face automatic jail sentences and could escape with community service order under reforms put forward by Government advisers yesterday.I thought we did both…? Thus preventing them from making more profit while incarcerated.
They claimed that long jail terms do not deter dealers and that courts should focus on confiscating the profits of drug barons.
The Sentencing Advisory Panel also said it was wrong that drug pushers can go to jail for longer periods than other serious criminals such as rapists, violent attackers or dangerous drivers.And, of course, no one jumped to the obvious conclusion that this is not because the sentences for drug dealers are too long, but that the sentences for rapists, violent attackers and dangerous drivers are too short, did they?
Not that there’s an ulterior motive, or anything…
Criminologist Dr David Green of the Civitas think-tank claimed the proposals were 'intended to reduce the prison population because there is too little prison space.'Only if you mean it, David, and only if you stick to it. Not things our justice system is renowned for, unfortunately.
He added: 'All the real evidence on drug dealing and deterrence shows that deterrence does work.'