Record 141 prison sentences increased after complaints

  • A record number of criminals have had their sentences increased after people complained that they were too lenient.

    The Attorney General's Office said 141 terms were added to in England and Wales in 2016 under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme, up by 39 from 2015.


    These included 41 sex offences, 19 of grievous bodily harm with intent and 16 involving robbery.

    Only one person needs to ask for a sentence to be reviewed, and anyone - not just the victim - can request it.


    Thirty offenders - including an arsonist, someone carrying a firearm and two men guilty of child neglect - had community sentences replaced with immediate custody.

    Fourteen sex offenders who originally escaped being sent to prison are now serving time.


    One rapist and one attempted murderer had their determinate sentences replaced with a life sentences.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40767206


    Introducing this scheme was one of the best ideas the Tories had. It's a pity it isn't used more often to solve the problem of out of touch judges giving hardened criminals the slaps on the wrist which we hear of so often.

  • Murder, rape, sticking into a knife into someone or cutting their face into Swiss cheese, of course should be treated the same as shop lifting, and get community sentences. I'm with the courts on this. Bit of buggery, bit of larceny, bit of robbery and you get a nice little trip out into the countryside as part of your sentence to work on some community programme helping old ladies cross roads or painting a church steeple and be back home in time for tea in the evening.:rolleyes::rolleyes:


    Prison may not prevent people committing crime, but as Michael Howard once said, prison works. If you're prison, you can't inflict your misery on others.

    Introducing this scheme was one of the best ideas the Tories had. It's a pity it isn't used more often to solve the problem of out of touch judges giving hardened criminals the slaps on the wrist which we hear of so often.

    We need to start going down the American route and question judges and in some cases, start arresting them. That's something the Americans do is they always ensure there are tons of media when a judge gets arrested and put it shackles.


    What some judges are doing is criminal, it's about time they get judged.

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