Reform of the Parole Board, Custodial Sentencing & Judicial Policy (and Social Services)
Who hasn’t looked at recent decisions by our courts, Judiciary or Sentencing and wondered who came up with such unreasonable conclusions?
Why is sentencing, and the parole process so out of touch with public opinion.
Tracey Connolly is shortly to be released for a second time after serving 11 years for the unbelievable torturing and murder of her own child, Baby P. Baby P died with a broken back…. caused by his mother. The poor little chap had over 50 injuries when he died.
For this his mother was originally given a 5 year sentence! Released in 2013 she was returned to prison in 2015 for breaching her parole conditions by selling nude photos of herself.
Now, in 2022, the parole board have overruled the Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, who in fairness has noticed that this is by any definition a miscarriage of justice.
How is any of this reasonable?
Why do courts award sentences knowing that the criminal will only ever serve 50% at most? Why not be honest instead. We have an uberliberal justice system, focused on reabilitation rather than punishment and exclusion from society.
The best way to protect another child from Tracey Connolly is to prevent her from reproducing in the future or being near any children in future. That is how you protect children from her.
Social Services Failures
I know that no system is perfect, but why is it always social services that let down abused children. They visited Baby P 60 times and found nothing concerning. I find that difficult to believe. It isn’t credible.
Any examination of Baby P would have identified some injuries.
Every time one of these horrific cases occurs, we all claim it must never happen again, but no one seems to actually put anything in place to prevent it doing so.
Why are criminals given sentences twice as long as they will ever serve? There is only one reason, to appease the public and give the appearance of justice being served. It isn’t.
I believe that along with education and the civil service, the liberal left have infiltrated the judiciary to the point that we no longer punish offenders to a satisfactory standard.
Either make criminals serve the sentence they are given or give them shorter sentences that they will actually serve.
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Time for Reform
If it was my decision I would change the parole system. I would offer a range of education in prison and time off your sentence would be awarded for gaining qualifications. This might be learning to read, or a Plumbing NVQ or GCSE’s, A Levels, or a degree. Everyone, whatever their current level of education can add to their skillset.
The second part of my reform would be as follows. You would leave prison with the skills required to get a job and not return to crime.
Anyone returning to court subsequently would face a doubling of whatever sentence they were given. This will act as a deterrent & in the mid to longer term would reduce prison numbers.