Cameron's fight back on crime

David Cameron tried to draw a line under the controversy surrounding his former Chief Whip with his first major speech on crime. The Prime Minister said he wants long sentences for the worst criminals and rehabilitation and education for others.

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Green backs Cameron's 'Rehabilitation Revolution'

Conservative MP Damian Green has said that David Cameron's 'Rehabilitation Revolution' will make prison work.

He told Daybreak: "What's key is allowing this rehabilitation for short-term prisoners, with people with sentences less than 12 months.

"The payment by results will mean that the companies are charged with their rehabilitation and will have a much bigger incentive actuality to be successful.

"So we don't just put them back on the street with no support, they will give them support, so prison does start working."


Labour attacks Tory 'smokescreen'

There is nothing intelligent or tough about cutting frontline police officers, reducing the power of judges to give tough sentences or cutting support for innocent victims of crime.

This is nothing more than a smokescreen to try and cover up Andrew Mitchell losing his job on Friday and 29 wasted months of dithering on law and order.

This out of touch Government must think the public are stupid - it's these kind of actions that makes the public so cynical about politicians.

– Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan


Cameron wants new 'tough but intelligent' debate on crime

David Cameron will say he wants to get away from the "sterile" debate that has become polarised between alternatives like "lock 'em up or let 'em out" and "blame the criminal or blame society".

We're so busy going backwards and forwards we never move the debate on.

What I have been trying to do - in opposition and now in government - is break out of this sterile debate and show a new way forward: tough but intelligent.

On the importance of jail sentences, he will go on:

It's not a case of 'prison works' or 'prison doesn't work' - we need to make prison work.

And once people are on the outside, let's stick with them, let's give them proper support, because it's not outer space we are releasing these people into, it's our streets, our towns, among our families and our children.

Cameron to call on private rehabilitation companies to help offenders

We're saying to charities, companies and voluntary organisations - come and help us rehabilitate our prisoners.

Give offenders new skills. Educate them. If they've been in a gang, send a reformed gang member to meet them at the prison gates and take them under their wing. If they're on drugs, try the latest techniques to get them clean.

Do whatever it takes to get these people back living decent, productive lives. We will pay you for that, but - and it's is a major 'but' - once again the payments will depend on results.

– David Cameron

Cameron: 'Rehabilitation is key to reducing crime'

In a major speech, designed to recapture the political agenda after weeks of difficulties for the Government, David Cameron say 'serious crimes must be met with long prison sentences':

Retribution is not a dirty word. It is important to society that revulsion against crime is properly recognised.

Just being tough isn't a successful strategy in itself", and prisoners who cannot read, are addicted to drugs or have never worked a day in their life, need help so that they can lead productive lives.

Recognising this isn't soft or liberal, it's common sense.

We'll never create a safer society unless we give people, especially young people, opportunities and chances away from crime.

Prevention is the cheapest and most effective way to deal with crime - everything else is simply picking up the pieces of failure that has gone before.

Cameron's crime plans to focus on rehabilitation

  • All prisoners under the new plans will receive help turning their lives around and breaking the cycle of reoffending.
  • Currently only those who are jailed for more than a year are given rehabilitation.
  • The PM will say he wants to see all but a small number of high-risk prisoners receive support by the end of 2015.
  • While placing a greater emphasis on rehabilitation, Cameron will seek to reassure supporters of tougher sentencing that he is not turning "soft or liberal" on law and order.
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