Friday, May 25, 2012

Clarke reveals 60,000 career criminals have been spared jail... the day after blaming Press for too many offenders being in jail

More than 60,000 criminals were spared a jail sentence last year despite having committed at least 15 previous crimes.

Incredibly, the figures emerged less than 24 hours after Ken Clarke said there were too many behind bars.

The Justice Secretary attacked the ‘popular Press’ for demanding tough sentences and said many of those in prison were nothing more than a ‘damn nuisance’.

But official figures published by his own department yesterday showed the staggering extent to which serial offenders committing serious crimes are let off with a ‘slap on the wrist’.

Worryingly, the statistics also exposed how this hardcore element of serial criminals is growing in number.

Last year, courts dealt with 102,000 offenders with at least 15 previous convictions or cautions.

That was a rise of 6 per cent in a year and nearly double the number in 2000. Read More