'We may be breeding criminals who are worse than when they went behind bars', says Association of Prison Lawyers

Prison crisis: 'We may be breeding criminals who are worse than when they went behind bars', says Association of Prison Lawyers

Some prisoners are receiving large compensation payouts (Stock image)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

As the prison system is in crisis we run the risk of breeding criminals who are worse than when they went in, says the Association of Prison Lawyers.

Dangerous prisoners are receiving hundreds of pounds in compensation due to delays in the parole process, even when they are turned down for early release, a report by the National Audit Office found.

Chairman John Turner told Sam Delaney: “It’s not a policy that will go down well [with the public], I can concede that."

However: “Every prisoner that we’re keeping in prison longer than they should is costing the taxpayer money as well.

“I think the real risk that we have to face up to is - if the system’s in crisis, are we actually breeding worse criminals?"

Listen to the full interview above

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