Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Losing The Plot…

Criminals who have already served more than ten jail sentences are being routinely let-off with community punishments when they offend again, it has emerged.

Figures obtained from the Ministry of Justice show the result is the equivalent of 5,000 burglars, thieves and other convicts a year escaping with a slap on the wrist.
Nu Labour: ‘Tough on crime, tou…errr, what was it again?’
The figures detailing the type of offender receiving community punishments will be a huge embarrassment to the Ministry of Justice, which is desperate to promote the penalty as a 'tough' alternative to prison.

They are intended to stop less serious offenders from falling into a life of crime. But the figures reveal they are now being routinely used for even the most determined, repeat convict.
I’m not that sure they’re capable of embarrassment, frankly. Is anyone going to lose their job over this? I doubt it…
Edward Garnier, the Tory MP who unearthed the figures, said: 'This reveals why the public has little faith in the criminal justice system. If we have such high levels of reoffending and vastly overcrowded prisons what are the courts supposed to do?

'We need honesty in sentencing and real progress in reducing repeat crime.'
Well said, Mr Garnier. I’m not sure that Call-Me-Dave has all the answers, mind you, but it’s hard to disagree that he can’t do any worse than this bunch.
David Green, director of the Civitas think-tank, said: 'Having ten previous convictions is overwhelming evidence of someone who is a persistent, parasitical criminal from whom society should be protected by any well functioning judicial system.

'It is only because of political pressure that judges are not giving criminals the sentences they deserve.'
Well, it’s partly because of political pressure. There’s plenty of bleeding-hearts to deal with too, thanks to the left’s infiltration of the infrastructure. And also the fact that judges are mostly well-insulated from the effects of their leniency.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: 'We will always provide enough prison places for serious offenders, those who should be behind bars: the most dangerous, the seriously persistent, and the most violent.

'Prison is the right place for such people.

'However, prison is not always the right answer for less serious offenders.

'In some of these cases a tough community sentence can be more effective than a short prison sentence - more effective in terms of rehabilitating offenders, turning them away from crime and therefore giving greater protection to the public.'
In other words, “Never mind that it’s just been pointed out to me that the seriously persistent aren’t going to prison, I’ll just spout the same talking points I’ve been given because, let’s face it, I can’t do anything else at this stage. The game is well and truly up…”

Is it me, or is that totally on-message and therefore meaningless statement a sign that they just can’t be bothered even trying to defend this anymore?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You know, a points-based system for assessing the persistence of a criminal might be quite a good tool to try. For each crime committed, assign a set points value to it, which a judge could increase if he felt it serious, but could not reduce.

Points on a person's record would be used to add that percentage onto any sentence given, to heap more punishment onto persistent offenders. Points would decay at a set rate, so not committing crimes gradually got a person forgiven.

Finally, if you really want to take persistent criminals out of circulation, set a points value over which a criminal get either an automatic whole-life sentence or a death sentence, to remove the completely recidivist crims from society altogether.