Interesting to note David Cameron’s recent U-turn on UK prison sentencing.
For those of you that are out of the loop, the initial premise was very loosely based around the idea that an early guilty plea would have seen the subsequent prison sentence of the defendant reduced by 50%.
Which is rather a bizarre idea.
I mean, if I go on a teeth gnashing machete rampage around Lidl next Wednesday and get caught on their CCTV system decapitating the Store Detective with a frozen monkfish I would expect a hefty prison sentence. A good 30 years or so. But by coughing to it straight away - look, it’s a fair cop, I’m covered in blood, I stink of fish and you’ve got me bang to rights on camera - I could get that sentence drastically reduced. A good 15 years taken off. Possibly more for good behaviour.
Where’s the deterrent in that? I might as well take out a couple of the checkout girls as well. Kind of a serial killing BOGOF.
It’s not hard to imagine that Cameron was getting it hard and fast from all quarters (just like being in the prison showers) – hence the sudden U-turn.
But I bet the police were the first to complain to the Government too.
I mean, cutting sentences by half? That would undo all the hard work the police do fitting people up.
You’ve planted evidence. You’ve employed the old ‘orange in the mouth and Tesco bag over the head’ instant confession technique and your chosen blagger has coughed to a list of crimes that would make Jake Arnott yank one off over his computer keyboard and then you realize that the 30 years you were hoping to drop onto your poor patsy have been instantly commuted to a measly 15.
Where the hell is the justice in that?
You’d be better off having the guy deny all knowledge and stubbornly plead not guilty in the light of all the evidence you have carefully fabricated against him.
At least that way if he does go down for a crime he didn’t commit he’s going to go down for the full 30.
I hope Cameron realizes how close this country just came to complete anarchy.
Innocent people getting their prison sentences halved by lying in court and pleading guilty to crimes that they haven't committed?!
That’s perjury, that is.
And is punishable by a custodial prison sentence.
But not, of course, if you plead guilty early...