Monday, February 22, 2010

Labour ends prisoners' Early Release Scheme weeks before General Election

Responding to the Government’s announcement that they plan to end their Early Release scheme, Shadow Justice Secretary, Dominic Grieve said:

“Mr Speaker, on this side of the House we have been calling for an end to the government’s reckless early release scheme for some time. In principle, it is something to be welcomed. But as always with this government, you have to check the fine print.

The House will recall that the introduction of the early release scheme was a direct result of this Prime Minister’s failure. As Chancellor, he choked funding for the prison cells the Home Secretary had asked for, the capacity required to meet official projections for the prison population.

The consequences of that failure have been stark. 80,000 criminals let out of jail early. Including 15,000 violent offenders and two terrorists. Those released went on to commit 1,500 crimes, including several rape and murder offences.

Given this record, Mr Speaker, it is vital to bring the scheme to a close. That must be done by providing the cells to house the prisoners, and protect the public. Yet over the last 6 months, the Justice Secretary has shelved plans for a prison in North Wales and one in Dagenham.

That leaves a gaping hole in the government’s plans. Can the Justice Secretary confirm that, on the Government’s own projections, taking into account planned increases in capacity, prison population will exceed operational capacity by July 2011? They are his department’s projections. Can he confirm them?

Mr Speaker, not only do we have his department’s projections. I have personally received a letter complaining that the Justice Secretary has been warned by his officials that prison population will continue to rise over, without adequate capacity in place, creating a crisis of overcrowding within 2 years. He has a track record of ignoring government legal advice. Can he say categorically that he has not received any official advice warning that ending early release cannot be sustained for more than a temporary period?

Mr Speaker, today the Minister of State has also released a written statement to the House announcing a new contract which will promote the use of Home Detention Curfew.

The Minister is explicit. She says the government wants and I quote:

‘courts and prison governors to make greater use of conditional bail and early release on Home Detention Curfew’ than they do at present?

It seems what the Justice Secretary gives with one hand he takes with the other. Can he confirm that this will not simply mean more early release under another label?

Mr Speaker, let there be no doubt. On this side of the House we want an end to early release. But, it would compound the very recklessness of the scheme to end it when that can only be done temporarily. Or to re-introduce it under another name.

On 9 February, the Minister of State was asked whether the government had plans to end early release.

She denied such plans, but stated that the government would end early release, and I quote, ‘as soon as is practically possible’.

What in less than two weeks has rendered what was then practically impossible today possible?

Could it be the timing of the end of the scheme, on 12 March just weeks before an election is called which only confirms our fears that the government is acting out of political desperation, not the national interest.

Is the Justice Secretary talking tough on crime before the election, to make it tough on us after?”

As a footnote, Cranmer was aware that Labour had liberated some 80,000 criminals on their 'End of Custody Licence', including 15,000 violent offenders who have been responsible for some 1,543 further offences including at least three murders. But he had absolutely no idea that Labour had granted premature freedom to convicted terrorists.

What an offensive façade of justice and security this shambolic government is.


Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

I have not been angry this day until now.

Let me get this right. After hundreds of prisoners who have been released prematurely and after having raped and murdered - this wretched government now ends this unjust scheme.

Tell that to the thousands of victims.

New Labour promises a future fair ground ride for all?

Oh come off it - we've all been taken for a ride - for the last 13 years.

Get these socialists out. Now!

22 February 2010 at 16:45  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

Don't the socialists believe in the innate goodness of man anymore?

You know: 'When New Labour are kind to the murderer and rapist by releasing them early - doesn't the rapist and murderer appreciate it?'

And shouldn't the murderer and rapist desist from raping and murdering after being released prematurely?

Say? Who has learnt the lesson of early release: the murderer, the rapist, the socialist or the parents of the child who was raped, murdered and her body dumped like so much refuse in a ditch?

Brown wants a General Election?

Bring it on.

22 February 2010 at 17:26  
Anonymous TheGlovner said...

Why not ask the same question of the Catholic Priests that weren't even tried for their crimes but hidden away and protected by the organisation that is supposed to preach love to it's followers.

Well, love unless a Priest bummed them without their consent at an age when they couldn't even give consent, in that case all they can expect is a begrudged hand-out 20 years down the line.

22 February 2010 at 18:08  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Conservatives end Britain’s Early Release Scheme weeks before General Election

22 February 2010 at 18:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Every party has their centrally appointed political commissar.

Can anyone guess who NuLabour's is? Heres a hint its not the Milibands!

22 February 2010 at 18:45  
Blogger Gnostic said...

It is no facade, Your Grace. This government is rotten to its fraudulent core.

22 February 2010 at 19:28  
Blogger grandad said...

Am I correct in deducing that this announcement is just another cynical scam, designed to dupe the public yet again?.Is it not a fact that this annoucement refer's only to the EIGHTEEN DAY early release, and that prisoners will STILL be released after serving only HALF their sentence?.
Can anyone confirm this?.

22 February 2010 at 20:54  
Anonymous Happyness Stan said...

Oh how governments must simply love criminals, especially Fabian ones.

Criminals make money, and jobs for the establishment, while providing an ever greater excuse for ever more government, draconian laws, lawyers, probation officers, prison officers, judges, police officers, and of course perfectly useless to any one but themselves politicians.

The only people who suffer are the law abiding citizens. Surly it is self apparent that the system cares for us infinitely less then the real and very dangerously destructive criminals they so dearly love.


Please beware.

As they say, be very careful what you ask God for, because he might very well give it to you.

The system wants and desperately needs to retain the revolving door system of so called justice in this and all other countries.

However the people it really wants permanently behind bars, is people like myself, very possibly yourself, and most surly your children.

23 February 2010 at 00:00  
Anonymous not a machine said...

It is very unfortunate your grace that under this government the link between crime and punishment has been used in a long running football match.

One team : is pro justice and senetencing

The other team :endlessly trying to explain crime has causes that should be tackled .

If we are not carefull we end up with a comfy explanation and no remedy .

However I do blame Labour for the increases both in crime and the perceptions of crime , liberalised drug policies still keep getting bandied around and now having made 24hr drinking and selling cheap booze in supermarkets and not in the pub enviroment (how many pub jobs have gone over the years) , the new baddie is now booze.

Of course an oppresive government may indeed wave on drug fuelled escapism so as to lessen any upright opposition to its rule.

Its is very unfortunate that big government creates so much wastefull social ecnomics and so many utterly clueless people , who believe that tax payers should support drug habits as it cuts crime .

This move by labour is I hope the last straw by jack straw in this sorry saga of liberal propoganda and the creation of feeble minds to make popularist votes , yet in reality erodoing the vital fabric of society .

This is an area of many years work for the conservatives I dont expect miracles , but I do expect them to make some respect and value for the law that is for all .

23 February 2010 at 00:33  
Anonymous Happyness Stan said...

D Singh

Socialism is all that you claim and a whole lot worse.

However please try your best to understand the following proposition. I am sure if you think about it properly you will agree with at least most of it.

The entire system is socialist and is run and controlled by socialism, and socialists. You could indeed also call these people Communists, Fabians, Fascists, Corporatists or Nazis, However socialists will do just fine for the sake of argument, and brevity.

What the system has never been is conservative in any sense I understand the ever more down trodden and marginalized concept to be.

Conservatism is all things to all people. However the system has always been run by people who's main if not sole aim and purpose in life is to control the thoughts and actions of their fellow man.

These people are sometimes called intellectuals, I prefer to call them psychopaths, working for the more infinitely rich, and powerful elitist criminal form. That go by the collective name of The Worlds Elite Ruling Class.

Who are conservative in one sense of the word, and one sense only. They do what they do to conserve what they see as their god given right to utterly rule over the present and future of common humanity.

Rather like a good farmer that leads his stock to the slaughter house while covertly suggesting to the dumb creatures they are only going for a much needed swift bath in the sheep dip.

Thus they invented and have long since nurtured the concept of socialism all over this entire planet of theirs, for what must be now be around 150 years.

After this long, extremely profitable for them, and highly murderous journey, we now find a so called Conservative Party less so then at any time since in its history began.

The Conservative Party however still has a use to the establishment that runs it.

The Conservative Party does not now and never has in the past sort to seriously promote conservatism. Otherwise we would be now living is something similar to a perfect world. Which is self-apparently the last possible place we do in reality find ourselves.

The whole purpose of the Conservative Party is to lump together all those not yet converted to utter insanity by a establishment formulated, and constantly reinvented, socialist indoctrination. Then to swiftly or otherwise metaphorically dump the whole lot of them somewhere in the English Channel as soon as practically possible. Or indeed when instructed to do so.

Hence we are where we are, which is somewhere between a living nightmare, and somewhere hopelessly far worse.

23 February 2010 at 00:49  
Anonymous len said...

Socialism is a failed experiment and we the long suffering public are paying the price of its failure.Will Conservatism fare any better?

I am sure that unelected elites are pulling the strings behind whatever government is'in power'

23 February 2010 at 08:05  

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