Thursday, May 11, 2006

I Entirely Agree, Your Lordship

The Lord Chief Justice recently spoke:-

He also took a swipe at newspapers that he said had an agenda “to persuade the public that judges are soft on crime, that no prison sentence is long enough and that a sentence which does not involve imprisonment is no sentence at all. The only purposes of sentencing which they recognise are punishment and deterrence; rehabilitation does not enter the picture.”

The tabloid press has, in my view, had a nasty and corrosive effect on public debate and perceptions about crime. A constant repetition of untruths and misrepresentation has led too many people to have a seriously distorted view of justice.

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