PRISONERS MAKING A MOCKERY OF LEGAL AID – There are many reasons why we so often hear of criminals being give police cautions or that judges will invariably dish out suspended sentences.
It is already widely acknowledged that British prisons are extremely overcrowded and therefore judges are reluctant to imprison a person until all other avenues have been exhausted.
There is also the rising cost of keeping people locked up and with increasing austerity measures being forced upon the public the Government in turn has to find ways to reduce public spending; so why bother locking at the taxpayers’ expense someone up if it is not critical?
The notion that a judge has the real power to imprison someone at their discretion is of course pure fantasy. A judge is bound by a set of rules, known as legislation, that dictates what a judge may or may not do and when a judge is perceived to have overstepped their powers there is recourse via the appeals and judicial review systems.
One area that is concerning both Government and the Judiciary is the rising number of prisoners who have taken to using the legal aid system in order to air their grievances.
In 2011/2012 prisoners cost the taxpayer a little over £23 million in legal aid costs where grievances were challenged for everything from their treatment and discipline to their sentences and parole hearings.
The use of the legal aid system is a worrying development as Government will now have to find a way to reduce this cost and the only way that is feasible, so as not to break any European Human Rights laws, is simply to reduce the number of criminals being imprisoned.
In my view, liberty should be removed from all criminals the moment they are sentenced to a term in prison. We’ve already seen the Government being overruled by the European Convention of Human Rights on the issue of prisoners having the right to vote. This debacle alone is estimated to set the taxpayer back £1,000 for each prisoner that has been denied the vote per year.
Prisoners appear to be taking full advantage of the Liberal Left-Wing view that criminals are not criminals but rather unfortunate individuals who have been criminalized by a capitalist society that offers them little or no opportunity; anyone in my view that is able to swallow that without baulking has an exceedingly strong constitution.
The British justice system is a complete and utter farce of what justice is supposed to represent; it is supposed to be about punishment and where an individual’s liberty and rights are removed due to their actions.
If the UK doesn’t get a grip there will shortly come a time where murderers, rapists, child molesters and all manner of low-life will never face the inside of a prison cell due to the rising costs to the taxpayer.
It’s time we had a little chat with our friends in Europe and told then unequivocally that the EU may no longer interfere in British justice. After that we can scrap the Human Rights Act and start treating criminals accordingly.
If the taxpayer wants to see justice at a minimal cost then it’s time to stand and demand that the Government provide a national referendum with the remit of bringing back both corporal and capital punishment.
It is cheaper to buy a length of rope for murders rather than keeping them fed and watered in a nice comfortable cell. As for other crimes the birch would swiftly ensure that the number of crimes and re-offenders would quickly drop.
The only issue with corporal and capital punishment is that it is often perceived as barbaric, even draconian. The real issues of course should not be blinded with such guilt but rather be driven with a sense of moral right that is intended to keep our citizens; and most importantly our children, safe.
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