Thousand of violent criminals to get a Christmas holiday from prison

Thousand of violent criminals to get a Christmas holiday from prison as annual release sees sex offenders and violent criminals released for six days to be with their families.

There has been public outcry as it has been revealed that thousands of prisoners could be released from prison to spend Christmas at home with their families while many parts of the rest of the UK could find themselves locked up at home under tighter coronavirus restrictions.

In 2019, 1,909 prisoners, of which 108 of them were serving a life sentence, were given leave of up to six days, over the festive period to spend time with their families.

This continuing practice has instigated fury among the public particularly at a time when public freedoms for law abiding citizens are being restricted during the coronavirus pandemic.

Philip Davies, Tory MP has spoken out against the measures saying, “This is unacceptable and a further kick in the teeth for the victims of the crimes these people perpetrated.”

He continued, “If these people are so keen to spend Christmas with their families, they shouldn’t commit the crimes that got them sent to prison.

“Once again the criminal justice system seems to favour the rights of criminals over those of the victims.”

The purpose of these temporary releases is to enable unsupervised time with trusted members of their family circle as part of the prisoners on going rehabilitation process.

However, despite continued annual outcry against the scheme, the release period for 2020 has increased from three days to six and will see, at least, 32 sex offenders, 752 drug abusers and 436 violent offenders released to enjoy Christmas at home.

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    • vincent backhouse

      12 October 2020 • 16:04

      So if these criminals break the law when they are out. Is it o.k. for law abiding citizens to take the law in there own hands and meet out the justice these criminals didn’t receive in the first place?

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