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16 August 2006

SNP MSP Comments On Sentencing Of Reoffenders Out On License

Commenting on the sentencing of three men to a total of 19 years in prison for attempted murder whilst two of them were out on license after previously being sentenced for assault Stewart Stevenson MSP, the SNP's deputy justice spokesman, said the current system of licensing needed to be reviewed.

Commenting Mr Stevenson said:

"That two men out on license for a previous assault undertook this brutal attack brings into question the current system of license. Such occurrences do not help create public confidence. These thugs should not have been in the position to ruin a man's life.

"It's clear that the current system of monitoring has not been adequate in this case and we need understand the reasons for that breakdown.

"Already we have seen figures of the numbers on license going back to prison rising and that is a matter of serious concern.

"Changes to the current sentencing policy will require additional resources outside prison otherwise the services that the parole board will be relying on will be even more stretched. Categories [Justice]

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