I have some concerns about prisons. I am concerned if people with mental health issues are incarcerated rather than treated and I am going to need convincing that short sentences are appropriate for non-violent crimes. If elected in May I will be seeking assurances that the 6 prisons in Staffordshire are as safe and crime free as they can be for staff and inmates and that they effectively reduce re-offending.
But I do believe that the public should be protected from dangerous criminals and I therefore wholeheartedly agree with new legislation announced by the government today. I believe that early release cannot continue to be a right but must be earned and that experienced parole boards should always have a say on whether it is safe to release those committed for terrorist offences before the end of their sentence.
Government announced today...
Today, we are introducing tough new legislation which will bring about the end of automatic early release of terrorist offenders, protecting the public and keeping our communities safe.
- Recent months have been a stark reminder of the threat we continue to face from terrorism. It is our duty to protect our streets from terrorist offenders and ensure they stay in prison until they no longer pose a threat.
- This legislation will ensure that half-way release for terrorist offenders ends, meaning that these offenders cannot be released without serving a minimum of two-thirds of their sentence and facing a thorough risk assessment by the Parole Board.
- Together with the new Counter-Terrorism Bill – which will keep terrorists behind bars for longer and strengthen licence supervision – these measures ensure that those who wish us harm are kept off our streets, keeping our communities safe.