Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

Ipswich: MP urges cut in prison numbers

13:30 11 February 2013

Ben Gummer

Ben Gummer

Archant

TWO decades ago his party pioneered the “Prison Works” concept of justice – but now Ipswich Conservative MP Ben Gummer is calling for fewer criminals to be locked up.

Mr Gummer said the fall in the level of crime had not resulted in a reduction in the number of people being locked away in prison, often for trivial offences.

He said: “We have to end the revolving door with people, often quite young people, going into prison, coming out of prison but being unable to get a job, claiming benefits, going back to crime and ending back in prison again.”

In America, some right-wing Republicans had realised that prison was not the answer, and was an expensive solution to the problem of rising crime, he said.

Mr Gummer added: “Some of those who are most associated with the right of the Republican Party now say that there has to be an alternative to prison in many more cases.”

He emphasised that for some people, especially violent criminals and those guilty of other serious offences, prison would remain the only appropriate sentence.

He felt that was especially the case for those guilty of “white collar” crimes and high-profile offenders, for whom being sent to prison was a particularly tough ordeal because of the shame they would feel.

And he felt his party was in the best position to try to change the penal system. “Labour have no idea what to do about prison policy – to be honest their supporters are less keen on looking for alternatives than most Conservatives.

“From an economic point of view, it does not make sense to lock more and more people up, and the more people go to prison the more they get used to it.”

He felt some people saw prison as another form of welfare handout – providing free housing.

6 comments

  • Prisons should be much more Victorian and the warders should all be hefty ex-servicemen who detest a lack of personal discipline. Warders at the moment seem like a cross between hotel porters and carers. Anyone caught making the lives of decent people a misery should be locked up for as long as possible. Gummer should wake up!

    Report this comment

    Supernova6

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Rather ironical that he should mention the 'American' model ! It's Cameron & Osbourne following the 'American' economics model that is making the rich richer in this country and the poor can go to the wall ! I could add that if you create a society of 'Haves' & 'Have nots' then the 'have nots' have got nothing to lose by taking ! (I'm not condoning this, just pointing out the consequences) ! It is NOT a good model to follow, we British need to really consider what type of country and society we want ! Unfortunately since Thatcher our society has become a grab everything, trample over who ever gets in your way !........where does need end and GREED begin ?

    Report this comment

    freedomf

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Prison may be a more effective deterrent if was a tough regime and not the soft touch it is now. It is well known that many criminals have a better life in prison than does an elderly war hero in a Care Home. So out with the TVs and the softly-softly approach and make prisoners work hard on basic rations and not want to come back. And if they riot, add big additional sentences.

    Report this comment

    Johnthebap

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Please log me out

    Report this comment

    BROADLAND VIEW

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • You will never do it while people are on the subsistence wages that they are today, coupled wit the fact that we have to subsidise these low wages with benefits. Tories living in a dream world again !

    Report this comment

    BROADLAND VIEW

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • How about boot camps for petty drink related crimes,shoplifting,and young offenders with drug problems.when released 6 months on tag with early curfews latest being 10 o'clock depending on the seriousness of the crime.save taxpayers and the like millions of pounds.this would make room for the serious offenders in prisons.perhaps even the youngsters that believe crime is ok,could be sent to a boot camp instead of getting cautions and reoffending.

    Report this comment

    mamamia

    Monday, February 11, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

A disabled man from Ipswich has spoken of his heartbreak after Christmas presents he bought for his friends and family were stolen from his flat.

A drone pilot has offered a rare glimpse of Felixstowe Pier’s offshore promenade.

Water has been leaking from an underground pipe for weeks at Ipswich railway station – but there’s no agreement on who is responsible for it or on when it will be repaired.

Two teenagers were arrested in police drug raids at two addresses in Pelican Close, Ipswich, this morning.

A man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a shooting in Ipswich has been bailed by police.

A young girl was taken to hospital after she was knocked over by a van today.

The police hunt for missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague has been labelled “incompetent” by his mother, as an online campaign has raised more than £15,000 to hire a private investigator.

Distraction thieves are targeting victims in Suffolk by asking for directions and then stealing their purse.

Whether it’s a Santa Claus pug or a hamster dressed as an elf, we want to see it in your Santa Paws pictures

Reminders of the past are still on many properties in Ipswich, writes David Kindred.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24