Johnson orders sentencing review for dangerous offenders

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2019

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a review of sentencing guidelines for violent and sexual crimes - declaring that unsafe offenders must be taken off the streets.

"Community sentences reduce crime better than prison sentences".

However critics warned that there was no evidence that longer sentences would result in a reduction in crime.

Mr Johnson has spoken repeatedly in the past about stop and search as a means of keeping streets safe, saying during a speech at the Conservative Party conference in 2018: "Don't you think it's time we brought back systematic stop and search to end the politically correct nonsense that has endangered the lives of young people in our capital and elsewhere?"

Mr Johnson also announced an extra £85million for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to help handle the expected rise in cases as the number of police officers are increased by 20,000 over the next three years.

Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Wera Hobhouse echoed the views that lengthening sentences simply overcrowds prisons and wastes public money.

In a video posted on his Twitter on Sunday, Johnson also vowed to boost the police's stop-and-search powers and promised to create 10,000 more prison places.

He said: "Announcing more prison places as a magic bullet to tackle crime and offending is poor policy and shows scant regard for research evidence". "We are making clear that the police can and should make use of their stop-and-search powers", he wrote.

The Prime Minister will host a round table this week, made up of leaders from the police, prison, probation, judicial and victims' groups.

He told the roundtable - which included Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill QC - that "faster justice" was needed but "you can not just arrest your way out of a problem".

The prime minister's office said on Sunday the review would focus on whether violent and sexual offenders were serving sentences that reflected the severity of their crimes.

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