“Punishment first, rehabilitation second” – Readers say longer prison sentences are needed in the UK

A majority of Mail readers say longer prison sentences are needed in the UK however, some argue that prisons need to be ‘tougher’ and have ‘harsher’ living conditions.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 7:57 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 11:47 am
Readers say longer prison sentences are needed in the UK

The Prison Reform Trust has warned that plans to keep offenders behind bars for longer may not help to cut crime or make the country safer and would only add to pressures on overstretched prisons.

We asked in our Facebook poll: “Do you think longer prison sentences are needed in the UK?”

More than 400 readers took part in our online vote, with 89% saying yes – longer prison sentences are needed in the UK.

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This is what you said in the Facebook comments:

Dean Rusk said: “Bring back the death penalty. Prison should mean hard labour.”

Dawn and John Young said: “Take away all the TVs, mobile phones, free training and all the other good stuff they get.

“Box room with beds and a few books! That will soon cut the crime rate!”

Adrian Paul “Our prisons are a soft touch and certainly are not a deterrent!”

Billy Gibson said: “No just tougher ones.”

Michael Rennie said: “Sentences are automatically cut in half for good behaviour. Why not let an offender out after the full sentence for good behaviour and extend for bad.”

Stuart Donley said: “Harsher prisons would do better.”

Andrew Lackenby said: “I would say not necessarily longer but they need to be harsher conditions. Punishment first, rehabilitation second.”