David Davies, the Member of Parliament for Monmouth, continued his high profile campaign to end all forms of early-release for prisoners last week as he initiated a new debate in the Houses of Parliament.
Speaking from Monmouth today, David said, “This is an issue that is simply too important to be put on the backburner, and it is because of this that I am continuing to push for a complete abolition of early release schemes. If we continue to hold the Government to account on this matter sooner or later they will have to listen and take note of the sheer volume of public dismay over the number of crimes being committed by prisoners on probation.
“My debate, which was attended by the Under Secretary of State from the Home Office, called for the Government to recognise that the public have lost their faith in the justice system in the UK and that something needs to be done to rectify this as a matter of great urgency. Stopping prisoners from flouting the law and keeping them firmly locked up behind bars sends a powerful message that crime doesn’t pay, and I strongly believe that this is the best way to proceed.
“What I am asking for is honesty. I want to the law-abiding citizens of this country to know that when a criminal is sentenced to ten years in gaol, he will be in gaol for the full ten years. Letting these people out after they have served only half their sentence makes a mockery of the whole system and has led to too many tragic and unnecessary crimes. This is not honest, and it has to stop. I will therefore be continuing my campaign until the Government takes notice and good sense is restored to the justice system in the UK.”