Crim­i­nals freed at a cost

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APROBATION of­fi­cer’s lot is not a happy one. Su­per­vis­ing of­fend­ers in the com­mu­nity is never go­ing to be an easy job. Now new fig­ures sug­gest that some­thing is go­ing badly wrong. In the past two years no fewer than 1,000 se­ri­ous of­fences, many of a sex­ual or vi­o­lent na­ture, have been com­mit­ted by those freed on pro­ba­tion.

The fact is that too many crim­i­nals are be­ing let out of jail to ease over­crowd­ing, whether it be on pro­ba­tion or as part of an early release scheme. Mean­while, the courts are in­creas­ingly un­will­ing or un­able to im­pose cus­to­dial sen­tences.

The blame lies not with the pro­ba­tion ser­vice but with the Gov­ern­ment’s tire­less at­tempts to mas­sage crime fig­ures and avoid build­ing more jails. And who pays the price? The vic­tims first and then so­ci­ety it­self.

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