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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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.

Cameron to unveil 'tough but intelligent' approach to crime

David Cameron will today announce a "rehabilitation revolution" under which virtually all prisoners will receive help turning their lives around and breaking the cycle of reoffending.

David Cameron 'will get tough on crime' Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

As part of what the Prime Minister will call a "tough but intelligent" approach to criminal justice, there will be a major extension of payment-by-results for companies, charities and voluntary groups who help offenders escape a life of crime.

Prison Reform Trust warning over 'tough' crime stance

Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust, urged Mr Cameron to take account of "wider social solutions many of which lie outside of the criminal justice system".

She said:

When it comes to crime and punishment, far too often politicians confuse toughness, longer sentences, greater use of imprisonment, harsher treatment, with effectiveness, dealing with addictions, mental health, unemployment and homelessness and requiring offenders to make amends to their victims.

Cooper: 'A new crime slogan is a fat lot of use'

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the Government had been "weak and foolish" in its attitude to policing.

She said that a new slogan would be useless without the police numbers to back it up:

David Cameron is undermining the police in their work against crime and anti-social behaviour.

A new slogan is a fat lot of use when he is cutting 15,000 police officers, reducing police powers to deal with criminals including on DNA, CCTV and ASBOs, undermining police morale, arrests are down and the number of serious crimes reaching court is falling.

People will see these new promises on sentencing and immediately ask if the detectives and officers will be there to catch the criminals in the first place.

Far from being tough and intelligent, the Government has proved weak and foolish in its attitude to the police - be it at the gates of Downing Street or inside Number 10.

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