Automatic early prison release questioned by MP
SLEAFORD'S MP has pushed the Secretary of State for Justice on the automatic right to early release for prisoners.
Stephen Phillips questioned Chris Grayling on the system whereby there is an automatic right to a discount on custodial sentences.
Mr Phillips said: "The British people are sick and tired of those given long custodial sentences being released early as a matter of right. I know that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice recently made an announcement on those given the longest custodial sentences, but can he confirm to the House that it is his intention in due course to remove the automatic right of those who serve custodial sentences to an automatic discount?"
In response Mr Grayling, said: "I do not like the concept of automatic early release at all. My hon. and learned Friend will be aware of the financial limitations that we face at the moment, which is why I made a start with the most serious and unpleasant offenders, but it is certainly my desire, when resources permit, to go further on this."
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Mr Phillips welcomed his comments.
He said: "I know that many people are baffled by the fact that prisoners are given automatic early release as a matter of course, as this means that the sentence given by a judge is not the same as the amount of time served.
"I am glad that the Secretary of State agrees with me on this that any discount should be up to the sentencing judge and I look forward to future announcements accordingly."