Boris Johnson’s prison proposals branded ‘monumental waste of money’

Boris Johnson’s prison proposals branded ‘monumental waste of money’

Prime minister Boris Johnson has pledged to get tough on crime (Picture: PA)

Boris Johnson’s criminal justice reforms have been branded a “monumental waste of money” and “a lot of hot air”.

The prime minister has announced that he plans to free up more space in prisons and keep violent criminals, such as murderers and rapists, behind bars for longer.

But his reforms have been criticised by penal reform charities and think tanks, described as "unevidenced electioneering" by one group.

"Boris Johnson's criminal justice reforms are a monumental waste of money,” said Charlotte Pickles, director of the Reform think tank.

“His proposed sentencing reforms ignore evidence that shows that longer prison sentences are ineffective at deterring crime or reducing re-offending.

"His unequivocal embrace of stop and search is dumbfounding - research shows it does little to prevent violence.

"Intelligent investment is clearly need, but these pledges are costly election baubles, not a serious attempt to make this country safer."

He also announced an extra £85 million for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to help it manage its caseload over the next two years.

The move follows a series of announcements over the weekend in which Mr Johnson promised to "come down hard" on crime .Boris Johnson promised to increase police numbers during his leadership campaign (Picture: PA)Boris Johnson promised to increase police numbers during his leadership campaign (Picture: PA)

Boris Johnson promised to increase police numbers during his leadership campaign (Picture: PA)

They included a £2.5 billion programme to create 10,000 additional prison places and the extension of enhanced stop-and-search powers to police forces across England and Wales.

It will fuel speculation that Mr Johnson is preparing the ground for an early general election amid continuing deadlock in Parliament over Brexit.

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, also criticised Mr Johnson’s plans.

She said: "We have excessively long prison sentences already and it doesn't seem to be keeping us safe.

"What's coming out of Number 10 is politics but not real life. It's not going to deal with real-life crimes and victims. It's a lot of hot air.”

She said the idea “will create more crime and more victims but they may well get themselves elected”.

She added: "Community sentences reduce crime better than prison sentences.

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"I have seen politicians trying to whip up a lynch mob mentality for their own benefit before and that does appear to be what's happening now."

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