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Prisoners' cash plan is condemned
A plan to pay prisoners from outside Europe a package of up to £2,500 to leave the UK has been criticised.
Home Secretary John Reid outlined the plan as part of a scheme to try and ease the UK's overcrowded prisons.
But the £20m scheme was denounced as a "waste of taxpayers' money" by Mark Leech of the Prison Handbook, a guide to the England and Wales' penal system.
Originally posted by Prometheus James
the article states it would be a cost efficient idea as it costs £37,000 a year to house a foreign prisoner (or any prisoner) while it would only cost £2,500 to pay them to leave the country
its using the tactic of throwing money at the problem as a solution, a problem solving method which this Government is famous for.
The Government is considering paying criminals to leave our country after they have committed a crime, that sounds very much like bribery to me.
A Home Office spokesman said the deal would not include giving cash handouts to prisoners.
The money instead would be spent on grants for accommodation, education, or training to help set up a business if they agree to be moved out of the UK.
A crime warrants a punishment not a reward, what kind of society are we breeding if we reward crime?
If a foreign national commits a crime that warrants a prison sentence then they should be deported back to their country of origin and refused entry into Britain for a set number of years.
Rights and responsibilities are linked, you can only have one with the other.
The whole reason the prison system is overloaded is because current and past Governments refuse to consider practical alternatives, prison to me is somewhere those who are a threat to society or repeat offenders should be sent.
Prisoners from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA ) - which comprises the 25 EU nations plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein - will be offered a package worth between £500 and £2,500 to go home, rather than face detention while they are considered for deportation. Others will be encouraged to serve the remainder of their sentences in jails in their home countries.
Mr Leech said: "This means the taxpayer will have to stump up around £20m to pay for this gimmick - it is completely insane and unfair and it should stop right now."
Originally posted by JAK
What about those 'encouraged to serve out their sentence in their home countries'?
This must of course be the case, there would be outrage if criminals were just released to freedom in their home country.
My question is though just why exactly would their home country agree to this repatriation and the costs it would incur?
why aren't the Conservatives (who are trying to attack the policy and let's face it need all the good PR they can get) addressing this?
As I said I am confused here and I'm having real trouble believing that my above interpretation is not missing something huge though because if the above is correct then there's holes in this big enough for a bus to fit through. I would appreciate anyone filling in the blanks.