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Thousands of foreign prisoners freed early – with compensation !!!!!!!!!  What? No Kisses and

Dear BMEWS Diary,

Today is the day after Christmas, Dec.26th. 
I was a reasonably good boy yesterday and did not swear and cuss once or use lord’s name in vain the whoooooole day.
Well, not within the hearing of the grownups I didn’t.
I did overeat however.  I committed gluttony but it wasn’t my fault. I was not responsible for my piggish behavior. It was the cook’s fault. And the turkey for allowing itself to become a meal. I think I may sue the farmer from whence that dumb turkey originated.

I wasn’t feeling too well last night.  I kept hearing this gobble noise in the middle of the night.

But today is Monday, whoops. I mean Friday and the start of brand new day.
And dear Bmews Diary, we know what that means.  Don’t we?

I AM SEEING RED AGAIN! If this lunacy is happening here, then it has to be the same in my homeland.

Here I was minding my own own business and that of my sore tummy which thank you was improved after breakfast.
I made a nice calming cup of tea as suggested by my nurse/wife/psychiatrist, opened the morning paper and came upon this on the other side of the first page.

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Thousands of foreign prisoners have been released from jail before the end of their sentence and given cash to compensate for the loss of food and board.


By Rosa Prince, Political Correspondent
Last Updated: 8:04AM GMT 26 Dec 2008

Figures released by the Conservatives show that 2,196 foreign offenders have been invited to take part in the early release scheme, called End of Custody Licence, since its introduction 15 months ago in response to prison overcrowding.

As well as walking free having served less than half of their sentence, each released prisoner is entitled to around £7 a day in compensation to make up for missing out on the state-provided food and lodging they would have received had they remained in jail.

Offenders released on End of Custody Licence receive an initial discharge payment of £46, followed by the subsistence allowance of £47.12 a week, up to a cap of £168.24.

If all those eligible received the full allowance, the taxpayer would by now have paid out £369,455 in compensation to foreign prisoners who had been released early.

The disclosure, in a written Parliamentary answer from the Ministry of Justice, follows recent pledges by Gordon Brown that foreign nationals who commit crimes in Britain “will be deported” and “will pay the price”.

Nick Herbert, the shadow justice secretary, said that for every three foreign prisoners the Home Office was now removing from the UK, two more were allowed to go free and six entered the prison system.

He added: “The Government want to create the impression that they’re successfully deporting foreign national criminals, but the truth is that for every three prisoners they remove, two more are released onto the streets.

“Far from paying the price as Gordon Brown promised, foreign national offenders are being rewarded by serving less than half of their jail sentence and with taxpayers’ cash in their back pockets.”

There are now around a thousand more foreign prisoners in British jails than in 2006 when Charles Clarke was forced to resign as Home Secretary amid accusations that the Home Office had failed to deport overseas offenders.

The number of foreigners in prison currently stands at 11,168, up 11 per cent since Mr Clarke’s departure, with offenders from Vietnam and Poland accounting for more than half of the increase. There are 460 Vietnamese in UK jails along with 452 Poles.

Such is the scale of offending by foreigners that there are now three jails reserved exclusively for prisoners from overseas: Canterbury in Kent, Bullwood Hall in Essex and Morton Hall in Lincoln. The equivalent of one more prison is taken up by offenders who have served their sentence and are awaiting deportation, at an average annual cost of £40,000 each – a total of £22 million.

It is possible to deport an offender only if an agreement exists with their country of origin to take them.

The Tories say that Government pledges to sign agreements with Jamaica, China and Nigeria have yet to be fulfilled.

David Hanson, the Justice Minister, said that the early release scheme would end as soon as work was completed to expand the number of prison places.

He added: “All prisoners are provided with basic subsistence to enable them to pay for accommodation, food and essentials following release.”

Meanwhile, separately the Home Office announced that a record number of foreign prisoners had been deported in the last 12 months.

The UK Border Agency sent 5,000 foreign offenders back to their country of origin, exceeding last year’s total of 4,200.

They included 50 killers and attempted killers, more than 200 sex offenders and more than 1,500 convicted of drug offenses.

Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister, said: “Britain will not tolerate those that come here and break our rules.”

(YEAH, LIKE ANYONE BUYS INTO THAT. BAD GUYS DON’T)

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/26/2008 at 04:39 AM   
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