Not long ago, a top criminal lawyer made a proposal that changes need to be done and thieves and fraudsters do not go to jail any more. Get a fixed fee legal advice now.
According to Professor Andrew Ashworth, Vinerian Professor of English Law at Oxford University, people who had committed offences which are not that big should not go to prison. This is why he released a pamphlet through the Howard League for Penal Reform.
Its title is ‘What if imprisonment were abolished for property offences?’. In his opinion the only people whose crimes are so serious as they deserve to go to prison, are those who have committed violent or sexual crimes or who have behaved in a threatening manner.
Instead of prison people with lighter crimes like for example thefts, handling of stolen goods, criminal damages or frauds should either be fined in the proper way or face community service.
He claims this change would slash the number of prison populations in England and Wales by nearly 6,000. BBC’s legal correspondent Clive Colman says that if this happens £230m would be saved each year.
“We should be reserving our most severe form of punishment for our most serious types of offending,” said Ashworth. “Should someone be sent to prison and deprived of their liberty for an offence that involves no violence, no threats and no sexual assault?
He added that only those with sufficiently serious crimes have to face prison.
Such property offences as robbery and burglary are of threatening nature so they have to lead to a potential stint in jail.
The aim of the mentioned pamphlet is to set the beginning of a debate on the topic when being distributed to magistrates’ courts in England and Wales.