Britain’s Johnson extends stop-and-search powers in anti-crime drive

Britain’s Johnson extends stop-and-search powers in anti-crime drive

"To ensure confidence in the system, the punishment must truly fit the crime".

Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph reported that Johnson also intends to introduce tougher sentences for violent criminals and end the practice of releasing a criminal who is judged not to be risky after they have served half their sentence.

Earlier on Sunday he announced another 10,000 prison places, at a cost of 2.5 billion pounds ($3 billion), and said police would be given more powers to stop and search the public.

Currently, offenders sentenced to 12 months or more serve the first half of their time in prison and the second "on licence" in the community, where they may be subject to recall.

During a meeting at Downing Street on Monday Mr Johnson told police, probation and prison leaders young people must be prevented from getting on "the conveyor belt to crime".

"This ends now. We want them caught, locked up, punished and properly rehabilitated".

The sentencing policy review will begin this week by Whitehall officials who will directly report to Mr Johnson by Autumn of this year.

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However critics warned that there was no evidence that longer sentences would result in a reduction in crime.

The £2.5bn has already been approved by the Treasury and said the investment into the prison service is "long overdue".

"That is why I am announcing today that in all 43 police authorities in England and Wales, we are making clear that the police can and should make use of their stop-and-search powers", he added, with 8,000 additional police officers being able to deploy stop and search powers without a senior officer needing to give the go-ahead.

But shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon said the measures "fall woefully short of what is needed to make our prisons safe".

Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Wera Hobhouse echoed the views that lengthening sentences simply overcrowds prisons and wastes public money.

"Victims want to see it, the public want to see it and I want to see it".

The aim is to discuss ways to reduce crime, cut re-offending and create a more "transparent and honest" criminal justice system.

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