MacAsk Ill Gets 'Tough' but Most Knife Thugs Will Escape
Byline: Graham Grant Home Affairs Editor
AN SNP move to lock up knife criminals for longer was branded a 'farce' yesterday, after it emerged that virtually all offenders will escape the harsher penalty.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced yesterday that the maximum jail sentence for knife-carrying will rise from four to five years.
But official figures show that only one person out of 762 jailed in 2010-11 for 'handling an offensive weapon' was sent to prison for the present four-year maximum.
Previous statistics have shown nearly seven out of ten knife carriers avoid a jail term, while the SNP's failure to abolish early release means …
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Publication information: Article title: MacAsk Ill Gets 'Tough' but Most Knife Thugs Will Escape. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Mail (London). Publication date: November 27, 2012. Page number: 8. © 2007 Daily Mail. COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale Group.
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