David Davies last week launched a national campaign to bring an end to the complex and unfair criminal sentencing system which has seen life prisoners released back onto the streets after less than two years behind bars.
Joining David at the campaign launch, which took place in the Houses of Parliament, were David Fraser, an ex probation worker, Richard Rees-Pulley, whose son was murdered by a criminal released early from prison, and Gabrielle Browne, who was assaulted by another recently released thug.
Speaking from Monmouth, David said, “The public is being let down by a system that allows criminals to get out of prison having served less than half of the sentence that was handed down to them. This is an insult to victims and it is no surprise that offenders have no second thoughts about committing the most horrendous of crimes.
“It is time that we show these thugs that we mean business – if an offender is sentenced to four years in prison then that is exactly how long they should spend behind bars. And if a life sentence is handed down, then that criminal should spend the rest of their life behind bars. The criminal sentencing system is currently joke, but it is only the criminals who are laughing.”
“I have had letters, e-mails and phone calls from across Monmouthshire supporting the campaign and I do hope that the many people who feel the same way that I do will join us and let their voices be heard.”
David, who himself was a victim of crime only three weeks ago, launched the campaign website simultaneously which will allow members of the public to sign an online petition to be presented to the Government in the future.
The website can be found at www.againstearlyrelease.co.uk