UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on Sunday said that for public to have confidence in the justice system, violent and sexual offenders should be made to serve more of their sentences in jail.
The prime minister also said that government would be investing £2.5 billion in establishing 10,000 new prison places to ensure that serious violent and sexual offenders got the sentence they deserved .
Dangerous criminals must be kept off our streets, serving the sentences they deserve – victims want to see it, the public want to see it and I want to see it.
To ensure confidence in the system, the punishment must truly fit the crime. We have all seen examples of rapists and murderers let out too soon or people offending again as soon as they’re released
His latest announcement will further increase speculation that he is preparing the ground for an early general election amid continuing deadlock in Parliament over Brexit.
But Boris is determined to keep criminals off the streets .
We need to come down hard on crime. That means coming down hard on criminals. We need to reverse the balance of fear. I want the criminals to be afraid – not the public, he said .
He acknowledged that the move would be controversial but said parents of those children at risk of getting caught up in knife crime would support him .
We are making clear that the police can and should make use of their stop-and-search powers, he said.
I know that left-wing criminologists will object. And, of course, it is right that stop-and-search should be done courteously and in accordance with the law. But I also know that the people who back this intervention most fervently are often the parents of the kids who are so tragically foolish as to go out on the streets equipped with a knife, endangering not only the lives of others but their own.
Mr Boris added that the investment in the prison system – approved by chancellor Sajid Javid – was “long overdue”.
When police did catch violent criminals, he said that it was “vital they get the sentence they deserve”.
In the past five years, we have seen literally hundreds of convicted rapists who have come out of prison commit another sexual offence. This cannot go on. I am afraid that as a society we have no choice but to insist on tougher sentencing laws for serious sexual and violent offenders, and for those who carry knives, he said.