Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:55
My view on the current state regarding criminal justice and in particular, IPP Sentences is as follows:
The downward spiral started with Michael Howard and the section two life sentence. A blatant attempt to win votes.
The knock-on effect of this has made society a far more dangerous place. Witnesses to crimes are in far more danger than ever before, because the perpetrator now facing an unjustifiable life sentence, is more likely to be willing to dispose of a witness.
As for the equally draconian IPP sentence. We live in a society that has no capital punishment, but Tory policies have seen a rising number of deaths in British prisons. So, we have a situation were one half of the population of IPP prisoners are in such despair they are contemplating suicide. And the other half have nothing to loose, which make them highly dangerous. The results of which are being seen daily in the media coverage of disturbances throughout the prison system
None of these laws passed were ever about making society a better place. It has always been about votes and power.
Long since have the ruling classes used Race and Crime to pit the poor against each, whilst they have their snouts in the trough.
Shame on this government! They should never ever be allowed to have their hands on our criminal justice system ever again.
Ex-Offender & Legal Aid Campaigner
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