Johnson’s sentencing plans are ‘pre-election hot air’ - critics

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"I want the criminals to be afraid - not the public", Mr Johnson wrote, echoing comments by Ms Patel, who said last week that she wanted to reverse the balance of fear so that criminals and potential offenders felt "terror".

Its remit is to look at the rules governing how and when violent and sexual offenders are released from prison.

However, Wera Hobhouse, the Lib Dem justice spokeswoman said the United Kingdom has the largest prison population of any country in Western Europe. Mr Johnson said: "Dangerous criminals must be kept off our streets, serving the sentences they deserve".

However critics warned that there was no evidence that longer sentences would result in a reduction in crime.

Mr Johnson also announced an extra £85million for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to help handle the expected rise in cases as the number of police officers are increased by 20,000 over the next three years.

"It may sound tough, but it hasn't made our communities any safer". All it does is overcrowd our prisons and waste millions of pounds.

According to the Telegraph, the prime minister wants to end the automatic release of prisoners that have served half of their sentence.

The government announced plans Sunday to create 10,000 more prison places to ease overcrowding and said it would allow police to stop and search people without reasonable suspicion "if serious violence is anticipated".

"The Ministry of Justice's own evidence about how to reduce re-offending demonstrates it should be tackled by: supporting them get a job and a home; better relations with family and partners and reducing drug and alcohol use".

Mr Johnson said: 'We can not allow our prisons to become factories for making bad people worse.

He told the roundtable - which included Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill QC - that "faster justice" was needed but "you can not just arrest your way out of a problem".

Meanwhile, the prime minister also said the British government would invest 2.5 billion pounds (about 3.01 billion USA dollars) to create 10,000 new prison places for serious violent and sexual offenders.

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