UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Ending early release does nothing to address reoffending rate says Howarth

Press Release   •   Feb 23, 2010 10:40 GMT

"The system is not working and today’s announcement does nothing to address that," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Justice Secretary.

Responding to Jack Straw’s announcement that the Government’s early release scheme is to be brought to an end, David Howarth said:

“The news that this ill-thought-out scheme is to be scrapped is welcome.

“But the real scandal is not just the offenders released early who commit more crimes – it is the sky-high levels of reoffending across the board. The system is not working and today’s announcement does nothing to address that.

“Prison should be reserved for serious and violent offenders. If the Government were not so obsessed with filling our prisons with people who should not be there, such as drug addicts and the mentally ill, they would not be forced to let out dangerous criminals before they have served their sentence.”