Tough on crime!

Ministers are facing demands to explain why thousands of convicted sexual offenders across England and Wales have avoided prison.

An Observer investigation found that adults convicted of sexually assaulting children under 13, or of engaging in sexual activity with underage teenagers, are among those who have not been jailed.

An Observer analysis of thousands of convictions shows that between 2013 and 2020, 14,530 of the 44,721 adults sentenced for sexual offences were given suspended or community sentences – almost one in three. Just over 60% were immediately sent to prison, with the rest dealt with in other ways, such as conditional discharges and fines.

It is fun seeing how “bang ’em up” becomes the mantra when it’s politically convenient to say so and an absolute horror when it comes to the politically inconvenient. Viricide, for example, is to be understood, copping a feel means jail?

5 thoughts on “Tough on crime!”

  1. Why is it ‘Ministers are facing demands to explain’ and not ‘Judges and magistrates are facing demands to explain’..?

    Could someone explain?

  2. Must admit I thought you were talking about killing a virus Tim. However a quick google shows me that you meant killing hubby.

    I could whine that you’re making me work. But I’m sure you’d point out it’s good for me.

  3. “An Observer investigation found …”: I suspect that Observer supported the Paedophile Information Exchange when it was campaigning to legalise pederasty. (A campaign supported by people who became Labour cabinet ministers.)

  4. The Pedant-General

    “An Observer investigation found that adults convicted of sexually assaulting children under 13, or of engaging in sexual activity with underage teenagers”

    How do we think the 14,530 breaks down in to the two conflated categories of “adults convicted of sexually assaulting children under 13” vs “engaging in sexual activity with underage teenagers”

    I’m prepared to bet that around 14,529 were people aged 16 years + a few days convicted of having sex with people aged 15 years and 10 months.

    And the 1 remaining adult turned out to be of vibrant heritage that they really couldn’t find a way to sweep under the carpet because he’d actually done it in front of the magistrate whilst he was in court for some other entertaining offence.

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