Friday, 16 February 2007

Horse, Stable, Bolted....................

According to the papers plans for a new 700-bed jail beside South-east London's maximum security Belmarsh prison have been announced by unfit-for-purpose Home Secretary John Reid.
He also revealed that planning permission had been secured for a new 600-place prison near Ashworth high security mental hospital in Merseyside.
The two projects together are likely to cost more than £160m to build, although the Home Office refused to disclose official costings ahead of a bidding process for construction contracts (which probably means that as usual they havent got a clue).
A site has been purchased by the Home Office next to Belmarsh - one of the most secure prisons in the country which features a special "jail within a jail" housing many Muslim terrorists. The planned new prison is expected to be a lower risk Category C jail.
The Home Secretary said: "We are working flat out (Government speak for doing bugger-all) to deliver additional capacity within the prison system. In July last year I announced plans for an extra 8,000 places to be delivered by 2012. That process starts now. We already own two potential sites for new prisons and I can announce today that one of them is at Maghull, where we already have planning permission to provide up to 600 new places by 2010. A second is next door to Belmarsh prison in south-east London, where we are still in discussion with the planning authorities.
In total, our building programme now amounts to about 8,000 new places over the next five years. In 2007 alone, I am planning to deliver about 2,500 new places, including about 1,500 by July, with new places at 13 different prisons."
Apparently Reid will say during a visit to Maghull that another 30 sites are being considered for new jails across the country.

Now i might be missing the maths here but as i understand that we are currently short of around 11,000 prison places as of February 2007. Therefore even if no additional felons in the country are sent to prison between now and 2012, apart from on a one-out one-in basis we will still be short some 3000 prison places! Funnily enough the figure of 11,000 is precisely the same amount as the number of foreign criminals in our to me the solution is to deport ALL 11,000 of the foreign criminal scum currently languishing in Her Majestys prisons and fill the places up with our own home-grown scum. As usual Nu-Labour have no real solution and are, as always, too little too late in their approach to any contact with the real world. The words horse, stable and bolted spring to mind.

Samuel Johnson
"He that wishes to see his country robbed of its rights can not be a patriot".

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