Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has decided that, for the first time, the 50,000 criminals a year who are jailed for less than 12 months will be prevented from leaving Britain if released on licence or under a ‘supervision period’.
Mr Grayling said some of those released would also be prevented from moving around the country and would need permission from probation officers to spend a night away from their ‘approved’ residence.No, no, this is nothing to do with protecting the public. Far from it:
He believes that criminals released after short sentences should not be able to enjoy foreign holidays and should focus instead on finding a job in their local community.It's not up to you what they do with their time once they've served their debt to society - when you leave prison, you leave it a free man. That's a bulwark of our justice system, isn't it?
If you feel they've not been adequately punished, then don't release them early!
‘We want to help offenders help themselves.
‘If they are to finally step out from the gloomy shadows of criminality, they need to be given every chance,’ said Mr Grayling.But you're not 'giving them every chance', you fork-tongued hypocrite!
‘Sometimes that will mean taking a firm position and restricting someone’s movements. But it is for the purpose of giving them a better chance in life and helping them become law-abiding members of their community.’C S Lewis was bang on the money, wasn't he?
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”