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Compensation Madness

Posted in Britain, England, Equality, European Union, Human Rights, Justice, Modern World, News, Prison, UK with tags , , , , on 28/04/2014 by floroy1942

About three weeks ago I wrote of a compensation scandal that defies description, that of a serial killer who was beaten up by fellow inmates in prison and received £4,500 in compensation because “the prison guards failed in their duty to protect him”. Now the judicial system is at again with another outrageous compensation payout.

Face Of A Triple Killer

Face Of A Triple Killer

This one concerns a triple killer who demanded, and received, £800 in compensation because some of his belongings were lost or broken while being transferred to another prison and it had left him ‘severely stressed‘ (Oh Yea!). These items included nose-hair clippers, an alarm clock, a carton of cranberry juice (now that’s bound to stress anyone out), protein powder and toiletries. District Judge Neil Hickman said there had been a “somewhat cavalier disregard for Mr Thakrar’s rights and for his property”.

Thakrar was jailed for three life sentences for the callous murder of three drug dealers and two counts of attempted murder. In march 2010, while in Frankland Prison in County Durham, he maimed three prison guards with a broken bottle but managed to get away with it. It did however facilitate his move to Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes during which the items were lost or broken. To be honest, I just cannot see the logic in some compensation payouts, especially to prisoners in jail for heinous crimes.

Whiplash Trickster

It is a well known fact that Britain has become a compensation culture where many are out to get whatever they can from the system by making outrageous claims. One of the most prolific is claims for ‘whiplash’. This fact is recognized by every insurance company in the country.

Whiplash Map

Whiplash Map

You touch the back of someone’s car with your own and before you know it they are climbing out holding their neck crying ‘whiplash’. Another long established problem with Britain today is the ‘ambulance chasers’, those compensation lawyers who will follow an ambulance to hospital in an effort to get the victim to file compensation charges.

How this problem is going to be solved I have no idea, but perhaps getting out from under the yoke of the European Justice system might help, and then we can get back to the tried and tested system of English Justice.

Roy.

‘Pay by Results’ Will Cut Re-offending? Don’t Make Me Laugh!

Posted in Britain, England, Government, Justice, Police, Prison, Teen Violence, Theft, UK with tags , , on 16/06/2013 by floroy1942

I swear, sometimes I hang my head in shame at some of the stupid ideas politicians come up with. According to a report out last week, they want to release prisoners early and support them by giving them housing, employment and financial assistance in a scheme called ‘Pay by Results’. According to the ‘experts’ this would decrease re-offending by a ‘massive’ (their words) 2.6%.

Chris Grayling

Chris Grayling

Wow! 2.6%, now that is a real eye opener! So what they are telling us is that for every 100 prisoners released from jail early, two would not re-offend because they have been given somewhere to live, a job, and cash. I am sure there will be a friendly social worker there to tuck them up in bed too!

The news was given out at a lecture by the ‘think-tank’ Civitas, and at the meeting Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is quoted as saying, “Britain’s problem is less about offending and more about re-offending”. Well that is one thing he got right. A pity he does not realize why criminals re-offend so easily.  The statistics for the past thirty years clearly show that  most short prison term criminals re-offend, sometimes within days of release. The following graphic shows the figures for Scotland which are also representative of the whole UK.

3% Re-Offending Rate For 2 To 4 Years Or More – 11% For Those Serving Between 6 To 24 Months – 50% Rate For Those Serving Less Than 3 Months. There Has To Be A Lesson Here!

Because our prisons are at capacity, according to the do-gooders, the justice system has for many years been loath to add to the prison population, and more often than not law breakers get either a ‘slap on the wrist’ or lily-livered community service, which all criminals consider a joke. Mr. Grayling said at the lecture: “If you are serving time in prison, on average you will have committed an astonishing 41 previous offences.” The mind boggles! 41 prior offences before they are locked up – it’s ridiculous! And that is only the offences they are actually arrested for.

The oft quoted argument that Britain’s prisons are overcrowded makes me wonder why the Justice Ministry announced last January that they are to close seven prisons (within months) and reduce capacity at two more with a loss of 2,600 places! There are plans to build new ones and add to existing prisons but surely it would be better to have the new places ready first rather than the other way around. I can understand the necessity of such a move as our old Victorian prisons cost a fortune in upkeep, but it is wise to remember that with current trends the prison population is set to continue growing.

Re-Offending Rates Versus Sentence

Re-Offending Rates Versus Sentence

The statistics have long proven that the only way to stop prisoners from re-offending is a hefty prison sentence. Very few prisoners who have been locked up for more than two years actually re-offend, but the number who do after only a few weeks or months in prison is staggering. Now they think that ‘nanny’ tactics will sort out the vicious Neanderthal youth we have on the streets today. Think again Mr. Grayling! build more prisons, get rid of the TV’s and games, let them do hard labour, and make a prison sentence something to be feared once again. Then you will see a drop in re-offending!

Roy.

The Youth Crime Debate

Posted in England, Europe, Government, Government Spending, Human Rights, Insanity, Justice, Modern World, MP's, Parliament, Police, Political Correctness, Prison, Teens, Theft, UK with tags , , , , , on 05/01/2011 by floroy1942

Have you ever felt nervous when passing a group of hooded youths on the high street? As the youth of today get more and more out of control, the debate over what to do with them gets more intense. Various plans by many successive governments, all of whom have promised to be “Tough on Crime”, have sadly failed to reduce youth crime.

Our Violent Youth

We have now reached a “Catch 22” situation, where the cost of keeping people behind bars has risen to the extent that the government is looking for ways to reduce still further custodial sentences in an effort to save money, while figures show the rate of re-offending by short term prisoners is on the rise.

In December last year the National Audit Office (NAO) released figures showing that 60% of prisoners who served less than a 12 months jail term re-offended, while only 18% of those inmates serving more than 4 years committed new crimes.

Re-Offending Rates From The NAO.

To me, the figures are clear. A longer sentence is more of a dissuader than a short one.

Home From Home!

British jails have become a ‘home from home’ for inmates, readily likened to a 5 star hotel instead of a place of punishment. Each prisoner has his own TV and music centre with plenty of recreation time in which to play snooker, table tennis, chess or in fact anything else that takes their fancy. They lounge around for most of the day in a life that many would find far better than their own on ‘the outside’. There is little incentive to become constructive members of society despite what the Barmy Brigade (Human Rights gang) tell us.

Is This The Future? How About Some Dancing Girls Too!

Prisoners in british jails have no sense that they are being punished for crimes committed, except for the fact that their freedom of movement has been temporarily suspended. To me this is wrong!

It has always been my conviction that jail time should be something feared by criminals. The jail regime should be so hard that no-one would ever want to go back. This system has worked for centuries until the Barmy Brigade started to gain major influence on the prison system under Labour.

Something No-one Forgets In A Hurry.

Young offenders such as we see today would have received the birch for petty crimes and a ruthless custodial sentence with hard labour for anything more. For premeditated murder you would have been ‘hanged by the neck until dead’ as the saying goes. Say what you like about it, but it was a great dissuader.

Today we are seeing more emphasis on not punishing offenders, but ‘trying to get them to change their ways’. The Police Foundation and Justice have just announced they do not want to see youth criminals sent to jail, but submit to conferencing with victims, parents and advisors’! What a load of bullshit!

I can just imagine it: “Advisor; “Now you know you have been a naughty boy so say sorry to your victims parents”. Youth: “OK. I’m sorry. Can I go now?” Advisor: “Alright, but just see you don’t kill anyone else”. End of story!

Conference This Lot!

Now that I am sure that will (not) put wayward youth back on the path of righteousness!

Criminals laugh at today’s justice system, and rightly so because it has become a joke. Now the emphasis is on so-called ‘Community Sentencing’ in which offenders are given the chance to work off their debt to society by working in the community.

Reports have shown that in the majority of cases these people rarely turn up for the work they are supposed to do, and there is such a shortage of supervisory staff that they get away with it. In many cases the supervisors cannot even be bothered to follow up on delinquents.

If anyone killed or even injured someone dear to me, I would want to see them banged up for a very long time in a prison that had the harshest of regimes. It would interest me little to hear a killer apologise. Sorry just doesn’t cut it!

It is high time prisoners were relieved of all their ‘home from home’ gadgets and TV’s and made to sleep in a cell with just the bare necessities, i.e. a bed, a toilet, and washbasin. An end should be brought to the idle hours and they should be made to work 48 hours a week just like you and me. I don’t care what it is they do, manufacture number plates or mailbags as in the past or whatever else, but work they must.

…And It Costs Less Too!!

With all the emphasis on what it costs to house a prisoner in today’s jails, £55,000 per prisoner with an annual total of £11 billion, it should be obvious even to the most dim politician that if we take away all the prisoners ‘goodies’ we could save billions. Why should the tax payer pay for all the amenities provided to prisoners. It’s obscene! Plus of course, they would help pay for their keep by the work they are doing every day.

It is not until we put the fear of God into these individuals that the crime rate will drop, and no amount of pussy-footing with criminals will get them back onto the right path.

Will it ever happen? Not on your life!

Roy.

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