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Criminals Could Serve Longer Sentences In Jail
The Justice Secretary has said he would like to see more prisoners serve their full sentences in jail.
Under the current system, introduced by Labour, most prisoners are automatically released after serving only half their sentence, regardless of their behaviour while behind bars.
Chris Grayling says a new system under which only well-behaved prisoners would be eligible for early release would reduce crime.
"What people don't particularly understand is why sentencing works the way it does," he tells The Daily Telegraph. "If you get [sentenced for] 10 years, you're out after five [years] automatically.
"Every police force will tell you when a serial burglar is behind bars their local burglary rate goes down.
"Ultimately, I'm attracted by an option that doesn't simply automatically release you at a certain point, regardless of whether you've behaved well or not."
He has also sanctioned a review of prison conditions, questioning why some prisoners have access to luxuries such as satellite television.
Mr Grayling conceded it was a "challenge" to make the idea of prison uninviting to criminals from "dysfunctional backgrounds".
"For some young people, prison is the first stable environment," he said. "It is a challenge for us to make it an environment that they don't want to come back to."
"These are not areas where you can deliver radical reforms overnight, you have to work in a direction.
"One of the areas where possibly we've got increased scope in the future in monitoring offenders is GPS tagging, where new technologies mean it's possible to watch an offender wherever they go," he said.
Mr Grayling's comments are a departure from policy under predecessor Ken Clarke, who suggested prison often proved "costly and ineffectual".
The Justice Secretary said he would also like inmates to be met at the prison gate by a mentor to help them get their lives back on track and that rehabilitation was key to his reforms.
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what do you think?
It won't happen. However it makes him seem tough on crime.
If Criminals are sentenced for a period of time, they should serve that time! They make it sound so complicated! When It's simple common sense............
I meant to say basic common sense. Not simple :)
Don't worry Jasmin, I think most people will understand what you're trying to say. Agree with you completely...............
Thank you Gordon, I totally agree with your 4.50 comment too. I've always been curious what you did for a living as you always speak common sense :)
If you get sentenced seems impossible to go to prison these days unless its not paying car tax kill someone and you get bail
Typical of the Labour Government. Sentences should be served in full and no remission.
I agree with you on prisoners serving a full sentence but I believe that "automatic remisson" was introduced by a previous Conservative Government. Can't remember when though..................
Having worked in a privately run prison for almost two years, I can tell you that prison staff will be delighted with this suggestion. They will however, believe it when they see it. The establishment I had the misfortune to work at even had it's own fully equipped recording studio, complete with musical instruments..................