Automatic Early Release
NO PART TIME SENTENCES FOR FULL TIME CRIMES.
Restore Justice opposes the policy of automatic release of prisoners on licence into the community after serving just a half of their sentence in prison in most cases, two-thirds only for serious offenders.
We think they should serve their sentences in full, as awarded by the courts.
The Government has changed the law on the automatic release of prisoners, moving the point of release on licence from the halfway point in a sentence to two thirds for the most serious offenders.
This would not bring a radical change needed for the way we deal with the most serious violent offenders. We urge the Government to go further and scrap the policy of automatic release in its entirety for all custodial offences and build 20,000 new prison places.
The simple principles in achieving honesty in sentencing should be:
Sentence given should be sentence served
No part-time sentences for full-time crimes
Prison must serve as punishment