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Puzzled of Edinburgh....
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Posted October 20, 2011 at 8:41AM
Why do the media, press/TV and politicians, when they want to show that their parties policies include being tough on crime continually report that any neerdowell,(selected as my favorite word of the day), crook,criminal,the odd politician, never a banker, when receiving a prison sentence tell us total years a judge has given. When in reality it is a lot less and in many many cases these people do less than half the term?
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Posted October 20, 2011 at 9:26AM
Because this is the maximum sentence the convicted person will serve, any time spent on remand is taken off this sentence straight away, then any further reductions depend on a number of factors, such as good behaviour in prison (admitting guilt, showing genuine remorse, attending therapy etc).
You have to realise that if every prisoner spent their whole sentence inside we'd need many more prisons for a start, and there would be absolutely no incentive for many (not most, as most prisoners are generally well behaved inside) prisoners to act like human beings inside. You'd have a prison system like the US where the convicts are treated like animals, so they behave like animals.
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