Post by GB Post by Altroy1
It's pretended that this is
about mercy and giving the thieves another chance but the dogs in the
street know its more about the cost of incarceration and overflowing
I don't think there's any pretence at all that the jails are full, and
jail sentences, parole, etc have to take that into account.
But not, it seems, in Scotland or N Ireland:
26 January 2017
'... The principal reason is numbers. England and Wales went
from almost 45,000 prisoners in 1991 to 85,000 two decades
later - an increase of nearly 90%.
'Justice and policing are devolved matters for Scotland and
Northern Ireland. There has been nothing like the same rise in
the jail population in Scotland, where the latest figure, around
7,200, is the lowest it has been for a decade. In Northern
Ireland, there are some 1,500 people in custody, about 300
fewer than in the mid-1990s.
'So why did numbers rise so steeply in England and Wales?
Some lobby groups and criminologists point to a "moral panic"
following the murder in 1993 of the toddler James Bulger.
'Experts describe a sentencing "arms race" between political
parties vying to be the strongest on law and order. Former
Conservative leader Michael Howard's "prison works" versus
former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair's "tough on crime,
tough on the causes of crime" ...'