Friday, 31 July 2009

Over 65,000 prisoners released early under Labour

New statistics have revealed that over 65,000 prisoners have been released early since Gordon Brown came to power.

The Government’s End of Custody Licence scheme, introduced in 2007, allows prisoners to be released before the end of their sentence in a bid to ease prison overcrowding.

Over 12,000 violent offenders, nine sex offenders, and two terrorists have been let out early – and 1,300 crimes, including sex offences, rape and three murders, have been committed by prisoners on early release.

Dominic Grieve, the Shadow Justice Secretary, stressed, “Releasing prisoners early puts the public at risk and has already led to the loss of three lives. In the next year the number of prisoners released early could rise to almost a hundred thousand.”

He promised that a Conservative Government would scrap “this disastrous policy”.

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