Are harsher sentences the way forward?
✒ TWO crime reports in last week’s Echo (July 4) seemed to highlight significant unfairness in prison sentencing
In both cases the individuals had stolen £14,000 from their employer.
In one case a male pub manager with a gambling addiction who stole £14,000 was jailed for 18 months.
In the other case a female lawyer who also stole £14,000 from her employer was fined £300 and given an 18-month suspended sentence.
Whilst clearly stealing from your employer is not a victimless crime – it is not like burglary or robbery where people are harmed physically or mentally in the crime.
Does it make sense to lock people up in any case like this leave alone treating two similar crimes so very differently ?
There has been much discussion about the effect on family life when mothers are jailed – but in this case the man had a seven year old son who will no doubt be dramatically affected by this harsh sentence.