Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Crime Statistics

Much is made of crime statistics by Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary, in presenting a picture of government competence in reducing crime levels together with police detection rates.

However take a look at this blog by a serving police officer. It details his surprise at seeing an offender, who in July 2007 was sentenced to three years imprisonment for 'distraction burglary', back in the custody suite of his local police station.

So now we are in December 2008 and this apology of humanity has been set free 17 months later? - Why?

Maybe the prison authorities needed the space, maybe this criminal had assured them he had 'turned over a new leaf'? I do not know, however what I do know is that it is no wonder crime statistics keep rising, along with police detection rates, when we let out serial offenders before they have served their sentence.

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