Sunday, June 18, 2006

This week an answer arrived to a question which I had put to the Home Secretary admitting that over 50 people who had been sentenced to life imprisonment since 2000 have already been released back onto the streets. Nothing could better demonstrate the extent to which the public are being deceived over prison sentencing. Life should mean life, most people think it means ten years or more, but all too often it can mean less than five.

If our system of justice was working properly than Craig Sweeney, who had already been convicted of a serious sexual assault against a child and released from prison only to abduct another little girl would face spending the rest of his life behind bars. Instead he could be back on the streets within five years. Judges, parole boards and the Home Office are failing us.


Blogger Derek of Monmouth said...

It is not any department in government that is failing the public, David. It is the government that is failing the public and the departments within government.
The government decides the stratagy, the departments then put it into political language and then pass it on to whosoever has to carry it out. Then the fun starts - the GOVERNMENT didn't know what it really wanted, so the political language used by the department is not of any use to man nor beast. The public are expecting a finished article but it is a great big cock-up, as usual.

You will have to remember and learn from this lots cock-ups David, when you are in the same position :-)
Derek of Monmouth

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