British Jails Too Crowded For Pedophiles
A judge in England is under fire because he let a man go free instead of sending him to jail for six months for downloading child porn. The jails are so overcrowded, judges have been informed only the most dangerous and persistent criminals should be jailed. Some are defending the judge, including the defendant, but others are outraged at his sense of which criminals are dangerous.
This story from BBC News
Dame Mary Marsh, director and chief executive of the NSPCC, said the sentence on Williams was “unacceptable”.
“The government needs to ensure that the intention behind the announcement is properly understood and fully thought through, and that children are not put at greater risk by placing offenders in the community rather than in jail,” she said.
John Carr, of children’s charity NCH, described the judge’s decision as “deeply worrying”.
“The judge should really think again… I don’t know quite what he was thinking about if he thought that child pornography offences were not serious,” he said.