We Must Stop Sending So Many Offenders to Jail, Says Cherie Blair

By Doughty, Steve | Daily Mail (London), July 11, 2002 | Go to article overview

We Must Stop Sending So Many Offenders to Jail, Says Cherie Blair


Doughty, Steve, Daily Mail (London)


Byline: STEVE DOUGHTY

CHERIE Blair called last night for fewer offenders to be sent to prison.

The Prime Minister's wife said there were too many people in jail, particularly on short sentences.

In addition, she said, too many defendants facing trial are sent to prison on remand rather than being given bail.

Her remarks, made in the Longford Lecture - given in the name of the late prison reformer Lord Longford - put Mrs Blair at the centre of the growing political controversy over rising crime.

Her comments put her alongside liberal judges and pressure groups who argue that more criminals should be given 'community' punishments rather than jail.

And in contrast to her husband's pledge to be 'tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime, Mrs Blair said: 'We need to tackle the vulnerabilities that lead people to commit crime.' She added that the key to beating crime 'lies in developing a broader human rights culture based on compassion, understanding and respect'.

Her comments come at a time when growing numbers of voters want to see harsher and quicker punishments for lawbreakers.

Mrs Blair has taken a leading role in the debate even though her legal career includes little criminal work.

Two months ago she attracted criticism after telling the chairman of the Magistrates' Association to shut up during a Downing Street seminar on criminal justice.

Mrs Blair spoke last night after carrying out research in jails in London and Liverpool alongside staff from the Prison Reform Trust.

She said: 'The huge increase in numbers and the prevalence of short-term sentences is crippling to any attempt at a constructive approach to prison.

'It is particularly worrying that more than one in six of the current prison population is on remand - in other words they have yet to be tried or sentenced.

'In fact, the majority of this group doesn't even go on to receive a prison sentence.' Mrs Blair also said she was concernedat the number of women in jail and the proportion of them who had suffered violence.

Half of all women imprisoned had children, she said.

'A significant number of these families are permanently broken as a result of the mother's imprisonment and as many as four out of 10 lose their homes. …

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