Are harsher sen­tences the way for­ward?

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION -

✒ 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.

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