The Ministry of Justice is to release thousands of prisoners early in order to ease overcrowding in prisons across the country, The Times has reported.
According to the paper, this move is part of ‘a government drive to relieve pressure on overcrowded and drug-ridden jails.
‘The Ministry of Justice has acted to significantly increase the number of inmates in an early release scheme after discovering that tens of thousands of eligible offenders — including those serving sentences for violence, robbery, burglary and public order crimes — were missing out.’
This comes as a stark sign of the softness of Britain’s criminal justice system.
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