UK Liberty

Tough on crime

Posted in law and order by ukliberty on June 19, 2007

The Times:

More than 25,000 prisoners will be released in the next year under an emergency plan announced by the Government today to ease chronic prison overcrowding in England and Wales.

Harry Fletcher, assistant general secretary of the probation union Napo, said today that the problem was “of the Government’s own making”.

“It has known that prison numbers have been predicted to rise for the last 10 years, yet they did not build more jails, did not ensure that less offenders were sent down, and they failed to fund alternatives to custody,” he said.

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