Figures back MP Philip Davies's 'soft' prison sentences claims as 300-time offenders walk free

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: MP Philip Davies MP Philip Davies

New analysis of crime figures by a national research centre appears to back claims by Shipley MP Philip Davies that too many serious offenders are dodging jail.

Research by campaign group the Centre For Crime Prevention published today shows that last year some 29,000 criminals avoided prison despite 25 or more previous convictions.

And some criminals even avoided prison despite 300 or more previous convictions or cautions.

Data obtained through Freedom of Information requests shows that almost 112,000 criminals found guilty of at least their sixth offence in 2012 avoided prison.

More than 55,000 were not sent to jail despite 15 or more previous offences – and slightly fewer than 29,000 avoided prison despite 25 or more previous offences.

Peter Cuthbertson, author of the report and director of the Centre For Crime Prevention, said: “The courts are utterly failing to show they take crime seriously.

“Prison is the only sure way to protect the public from hardened criminals. The most prolific offenders are responsible for a growing percentage of all crime, and locking them up would have a massive impact on the crime rate.

“New Zealand recently fought rising crime by letting criminals know that it is ‘three strikes and you’re out’.

“In Britain, we don’t even have 300 strikes and you’re out.”

Shipley MP Mr Davies has long campaigned for harsher sentences and recently revealed that more than 240 serious criminals walk free from courts every day, while only 28 are jailed.

Reacting to the Centre For Crime Prevention study, Mr Davies said: “The police do their job, the Crown Prosecution Service does its job and then everyone is let down by the courts.

“Those who re-offend time and time again get nothing more than a slap on the wrist – it’s an absolute scandal.”

The investigation also supported Mr Davies’ findings in concluding that contrary to claims that women are treated more harshly by the courts, male criminals with either one or two previous convictions or cautions are more than twice as likely as women criminals to go to prison.

Male criminals are also 76 per cent more likely to go to prison after seven previous offences; 34 per cent more likely to go to prison after 30-39 previous offences; and nine per cent more likely to go to prison after 50 to 59 previous offences.

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12:33pm Mon 13 Jan 14

freespeech says...

I still fail to notice anything done by our MP, standing on a soap box and ranting has achieved nothing. I have to work hard to make a living, and produce results, my income had dropped steadily for the past 4 years, I am not looking to an 11% increase either. The clock is ticking and the results are not materialising. We have real issues you need to also deal with.. Like equal insurance for young drivers in our districts, and a deterrent to those who flout the law on insurance! This is one of many issues you have not dug your heels in about.
I still fail to notice anything done by our MP, standing on a soap box and ranting has achieved nothing. I have to work hard to make a living, and produce results, my income had dropped steadily for the past 4 years, I am not looking to an 11% increase either. The clock is ticking and the results are not materialising. We have real issues you need to also deal with.. Like equal insurance for young drivers in our districts, and a deterrent to those who flout the law on insurance! This is one of many issues you have not dug your heels in about. freespeech

2:46pm Mon 13 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

There are so many issues, time to get tough, get onto your MP's. Tougher prisons, no human rights for prisoners, longer sentencing, and watch the crime figures collapse, but that is not what the Judicary wants, job protection you see.
There are so many issues, time to get tough, get onto your MP's. Tougher prisons, no human rights for prisoners, longer sentencing, and watch the crime figures collapse, but that is not what the Judicary wants, job protection you see. alive and awake

3:27pm Mon 13 Jan 14

RollandSmoke says...

Whilst I have no problem with real criminals serving real time I worry that all too often those offending repeatedly are doing so due to being failed by the mental health services. I welcome the announcement of more mental health workers being stationed with the police in order to pick up on such cases. We have been sold the myth of "care in the community" whilst mental health services have been eroded. The community does not exist thus those with problems are left isolated and as for the care, you just need to read the comments sections on here for a few days to realise there is little of that about. There are those who are fully deserving of all the punishment they get but we should not be punishing people for being ill.
Whilst I have no problem with real criminals serving real time I worry that all too often those offending repeatedly are doing so due to being failed by the mental health services. I welcome the announcement of more mental health workers being stationed with the police in order to pick up on such cases. We have been sold the myth of "care in the community" whilst mental health services have been eroded. The community does not exist thus those with problems are left isolated and as for the care, you just need to read the comments sections on here for a few days to realise there is little of that about. There are those who are fully deserving of all the punishment they get but we should not be punishing people for being ill. RollandSmoke

5:48pm Mon 13 Jan 14

awasteoftime says...

The local MP sits on the Govt. benches so he needs to get onto his own Govt to get this sorted instead of just getting free press coverage of how good he is. If he was in the opposition then it would be ok but he needs to do something and make it happen, not complain about his own lot !
The local MP sits on the Govt. benches so he needs to get onto his own Govt to get this sorted instead of just getting free press coverage of how good he is. If he was in the opposition then it would be ok but he needs to do something and make it happen, not complain about his own lot ! awasteoftime

6:29pm Mon 13 Jan 14

cockadoodledo says...

Yes our MP is only good to open a newly furbished post offices , was he the only person available to cut the ribbon> every other person working I expect!
Philip is only interested in getting free press, doesnt really acheive anything, yes you would think his party in not in office.Well make the most of it you'll be out of a job soon!!! Bring on UKIP!!!
Yes our MP is only good to open a newly furbished post offices , was he the only person available to cut the ribbon> every other person working I expect! Philip is only interested in getting free press, doesnt really acheive anything, yes you would think his party in not in office.Well make the most of it you'll be out of a job soon!!! Bring on UKIP!!! cockadoodledo

8:32pm Mon 13 Jan 14

freespeech says...

cockadoodledo wrote:
Yes our MP is only good to open a newly furbished post offices , was he the only person available to cut the ribbon> every other person working I expect!
Philip is only interested in getting free press, doesnt really acheive anything, yes you would think his party in not in office.Well make the most of it you'll be out of a job soon!!! Bring on UKIP!!!
UKIP will not be fielding a candidate against Philip Davies MP as they feel he is anti Euro himself and they don't want to split the vote! Philip Davies MP has done NOTHING what so ever for those who he purportedly represents. Foolishly, I admit, I voted for him. I pray he doesn't get through next time, I hope his public see's the light and vote him out of office... I don't care who get's in as long as it isn't Philip Davies.
[quote][p][bold]cockadoodledo[/bold] wrote: Yes our MP is only good to open a newly furbished post offices , was he the only person available to cut the ribbon> every other person working I expect! Philip is only interested in getting free press, doesnt really acheive anything, yes you would think his party in not in office.Well make the most of it you'll be out of a job soon!!! Bring on UKIP!!![/p][/quote]UKIP will not be fielding a candidate against Philip Davies MP as they feel he is anti Euro himself and they don't want to split the vote! Philip Davies MP has done NOTHING what so ever for those who he purportedly represents. Foolishly, I admit, I voted for him. I pray he doesn't get through next time, I hope his public see's the light and vote him out of office... I don't care who get's in as long as it isn't Philip Davies. freespeech

11:34am Thu 16 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
Whilst I have no problem with real criminals serving real time I worry that all too often those offending repeatedly are doing so due to being failed by the mental health services. I welcome the announcement of more mental health workers being stationed with the police in order to pick up on such cases. We have been sold the myth of "care in the community" whilst mental health services have been eroded. The community does not exist thus those with problems are left isolated and as for the care, you just need to read the comments sections on here for a few days to realise there is little of that about. There are those who are fully deserving of all the punishment they get but we should not be punishing people for being ill.
As there are mental health services inside many prisons, so I don’t think there are that many (criminals in prisons) that are failed by the system, my experience of mentally unwell prisoners being sent to secure hospitals (usually medium secure) that they are quite keen to go back to prison because whilst in prison they usually have and end date to their sentence in hospital under section 37/41 Mental heath Act 2003 (and others) you do not.

As for Care in the Community yes services are stretched CPN’s having caseloads of 60+ which is ridiculous but it wasn’t too long ago there was no care in the community outside of 9-5 Monday to Friday just got admitted to your local psychiatric hospital
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: Whilst I have no problem with real criminals serving real time I worry that all too often those offending repeatedly are doing so due to being failed by the mental health services. I welcome the announcement of more mental health workers being stationed with the police in order to pick up on such cases. We have been sold the myth of "care in the community" whilst mental health services have been eroded. The community does not exist thus those with problems are left isolated and as for the care, you just need to read the comments sections on here for a few days to realise there is little of that about. There are those who are fully deserving of all the punishment they get but we should not be punishing people for being ill.[/p][/quote]As there are mental health services inside many prisons, so I don’t think there are that many (criminals in prisons) that are failed by the system, my experience of mentally unwell prisoners being sent to secure hospitals (usually medium secure) that they are quite keen to go back to prison because whilst in prison they usually have and end date to their sentence in hospital under section 37/41 Mental heath Act 2003 (and others) you do not. As for Care in the Community yes services are stretched CPN’s having caseloads of 60+ which is ridiculous but it wasn’t too long ago there was no care in the community outside of 9-5 Monday to Friday just got admitted to your local psychiatric hospital Dr Martin

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