The British prison population has now hit an all-time record high following the jailing of hundreds of people involved in the British recent riots, according to figures released by the Home Office, prison officials said they were working hard to contain the flow of convicts.
Figures released by the British Home Office Justice department showed that the total prison population in England and Wales has reached to over 86,654 just 1,500 places below the countries' operational capacity. Prison authorities said they faced an "unprecedented situation" and were working on emergency plans to boost capacity "should further pressure be placed on the prison estate."
Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister said; That the real figures show that over 900 people have been added to the British prison system over the last seven days, many of them people found guilty over their roles in the four days and nights of unrest in the riots with plundering that swept London and other major cities last week and it quite evident that the British prime minister David Cameron hadn’t thought things through when he gave the orders to go in and make arrest, by not first putting in place the facilities to hold all those arrested, but would rather give some spin and try and make out/look as if he was actually doing some positive? And in his panic has made a right cock-up of things.
According to the Home Office over 1,300 people have appeared before British courts over the riots and plundering by Wednesday and around two-thirds had been jailed. Prime Minister David Cameron has said he believes judges have been correct to impose tough sentences.
Among the most criticized sentences, are four-year jail terms given to two men for attempting to incite rioting by posting messages on Facebook. In another case, a woman who took no part in the riots received a five-month jail term for wearing a pair of looted shorts her housemate had brought home which shows the madness of the British courts and British laws which would not have been the case under English laws said Sir Michael.
She had her sentence overturned Friday after Sir Michael had taken the case back to court under English law, the Judge who supported Sir Michael view overturned the sentence saying the penalty given to Ursula Nevin had been "wrong in principle." Judge Andrew Gilbart freed Nevin and ordered her to perform 75 hours of community service instead.
English activists along with high-profile lawyers have criticized the harsh punishments and expect more successful appeals. Criminal lawyer John Cooper warned that judges and magistrates had a duty "not to be influenced by David Cameron or the British government," describing some of the sentences handed down already as "disproportionate and somewhat hysterical and just."
Meanwhile with a quick bit of British spin, with an publicity stunt, Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge where order to visited the community centre of Birmingham, where three men were killed in a hit-and-run during last week's violence the couple only spent a quick 10 minutes or so speaking with families of the victims and greeted emergency workers and local residents at the city's Summerfield Community Centre.