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calendar   Tuesday - January 19, 2010

Get the gun for friend who kills girl while you watch then get outta jail free. Almost. Close to it.

Right you are. This story is all about what’s carried out in the name of justice.  Authorities need to replace that word with something else.
Meanwhile and for the foreseeable future, this seems to be England’s answer to crime, even when a death is involved.

Rehab?  Sure thing. No problem.  Soon as the gremlin finds a way to bring back the dead victim we can talk all about rehab. What total BS this is. The powers that be should be ashamed but that’s part of the problem. Isn’t it?  Nobody has a sense of shame anymore.  Not even guilt. And just where is the punishment and the deterrent in this article?  I don’t see it but if you do let us know.  Maybe I missed something.

Killer freed to chat up girls in clubs during four-week ‘break from prison’

By Ryan Kisiel

He is having a great night out and has found himself a pretty girlfriend to snuggle up to - and all while serving time for manslaughter.

It has emerged that Briggs, 23, has been allowed out of prison for up to four weeks at a time under a controversial government release scheme.

He is just three-and-a-half years into his nine-year sentence for helping to arrange the death of a teenage girl.

The revelation of his easy lifestyle has shocked and horrified the grieving family of victim Carolyn Lemm.

Last night her father Timothy, said: ‘It makes me feel sick that he has been allowed out to enjoy himself so soon into his sentence.

‘I’ve seen pictures of him on the internet smiling and having a good time and it’s heartbreaking. We will never forgive him for what he’s done and for helping to take Carolyn away from us.’

Briggs has even been able to start a relationship with Chrissy Foster, the young student in this photo.  She is said to believe that he was given an ‘unfair’ trial.

Yesterday critics called for a clampdown on the ‘overnight stay’ scheme, which they say is a desperate attempt to tackle prison overcrowding.

Briggs was jailed in July 2006 after being convicted of manslaughter for his role in planning the killing of 16-year-old Carolyn with his friend Lee Smith.

The previous December he helped Smith - who had recently been jilted by the teenager - to get a shotgun and saw off the barrel.

He then drove with Smith and Carolyn and another girl to woodland near Sheffield.

Smith, 20, shot Carolyn in the head before killing himself. The other girl was able to run off. When police arrived at the scene the next morning, they found Briggs asleep in the car.

Mr Lemm said last night: ‘He did everything to contribute to Carolyn’s death bar pull the trigger.’ Last summer, when Briggs was moved to an open prison, he became one of thousands of offenders deemed suitable for the resettlement overnight release (ROR) scheme.

It is usually available to Category D inmates - those in open prisons - in the last two years of their sentence. In many cases this includes murderers and violent attackers. Those like Briggs who are doing a community service placement can stay at home for up to four weeks at a time.

During the six months he has been at Kirklevington Grange open prison in Yarm, Cleveland, Briggs has twice spent four-week stints at his mother’s three-bedroom home in Sheffield.

There, his freedom was virtually unrestricted aside from a weekday community placement. He has also been allowed to visit towns near his prison, and it was on one of those trips that he approached Miss Foster, 21, at Yarm railway station.

The pair have since enjoyed nights out in Sheffield and Middlesbrough, where she studies health and nutrition at Teesside University.

The revelation has horrified her parents, who did not know about Briggs.

Her father, Chris Foster, who runs his own IT firm, yesterday described his daughter as ‘vulnerable’ and ‘gullible’, but said he was ‘ashamed’ she was seeing the young man.

‘Everyone has the chance to rehabilitate, but not so soon after helping to kill someone,’ he added.

A friend of Miss Foster said: ‘She’s been brainwashed into believing he’s innocent and it was a miscarriage of justice, which just isn’t true.’

The couple describe themselves as ‘in a relationship’ on social networking website Facebook.

Unfortunately for them, that relationship led to Briggs’s freedom being abruptly curtailed last year. On December 16 he was sent to the secure Durham Prison for skipping a counselling session to spend time with Miss Foster.

But she has vowed to wait for him until he is due to be released at the end of this year.

Last night Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley in West Yorkshire, condemned the decision to let Briggs enjoy life outside prison.

‘It’s no wonder people have lost faith in the criminal justice system when convicted killers who have been sent to prison are simply let out again like this,’ he said.

A spokesman for the Prison Service said ‘rehabilitating’ inmates in this way had cut adult reoffending by a fifth over the last seven years.

cut adult reoffending by a fifth:  Yeah. Either that or they just aren’t being caught again.


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