In an article in the Guardian, David Merritt, father of murdered Jack, violently reproached Boris Johnson for deciding not to let out jihadi terrorists half way through their sentences. The PM was quiet and respectful, but unabashed.
‘It’s my job to keep people safe’: PM Boris defied the fury of the father of one of the London Bridge terror attack victims, his son. Boris intends to push ahead with his crackdown on early release of jihadis from jail – because he believes it is impossible to reform killers like Usman Khan.
In 2012, Khan was arrested for planning to blow up the Stock Exchange, other notable sites and having a death list to murder several notable politicians. He got 16 years, but earned early release after 8 years
Last Friday, Khan went on the rampage after attending a prisoner rehabilitation conference, where he was hailed as the poster boy for rehabilitation, killing three people,.
In the Daily Mail, Dominic Lawson said Even if Boris Johnson does want to keep jihadis in jail, he’ll face the mother of all battles to do so! He goes on to explain that there is abundant evidence that “prisoners do dissemble for early release all the time.” In the two years to 2018, the number of murders where the killer was on parole was 18%, an increase of almost 2/3rd.
Ian Acheson, a former prison governor charged by the then Justice Secretary Michael Gove in 2015 to conduct a review of Islamist extremism in prisons, yesterday told The Sunday Times just how bad things are.
Here are a few of his devastating criticisms: ‘Encounters with prison officials resulted in jaw-dropping levels of naivety and bureaucratic obfuscation.’ ‘Programmes to tackle radicalised behaviour were rudimentary in-house creations with former terrorist offenders telling us how easy courses were to ‘game’. It was a shambles.’
And, finally: ‘I have serious concerns about the appetite of those at the top of the prison and probation service to take the action needed to protect the public and manage the risks.’
Let’s be clear what this former prison governor is arguing: he is saying that those who run a system meant to have the protection of the public as its highest priority are ideologically opposed to the sort of measures which Boris Johnson is pledged to introduce.
What this in turn means is that if the Conservatives are returned to office, they will face institutionalised opposition to their pledged policy of ending the automatic early release of the most heinous criminals.”
Michael Howard brought in tougher criminal sentences, which worked. The public was on his side, and they will also be on Boris Johnson’s side when he goes through with his reforms, which he will.
To read Dominic Lawson’s article in full, please click on the blue link.