Advanced search

To want life in prison to mean life in prison

(204 Posts)
drnoitall Tue 18-Feb-14 09:33:16

For horrendously serious crimes.
Watching the news this morning and from What I understand a decision will be made today about whether or not England and Wales will uphold the decision for life in prison to mean whole of life in prison for people who commit the most abhorant crimes or to bow down to Europe who call it unlawful.
I'm astonished that a human rights lawyer used the word "degrading" in reference to prisoners reaching old age in prison during a whole life sentence.
AIBU to absolutely want life to mean life for people who commit vile crimes against people.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 18-Feb-14 09:34:52

Have a look at the Norwegian prison system. Compare their sentences, their prisons, their reoffending rates with ours.

Goldenhandshake Tue 18-Feb-14 10:10:31

OP YANBU. I cannot for the life of me see why soemone as depraved as Ian Brady for example, who has shown no remorse whatsoever, should ever be released into society.
In reality we have a very small number of prisoners facing whole life terms, I think it is around 50 people. They have committed what are deemed by a court of law to be the most abhorrent crimes and their sentence should reflect that.

angelos02 Tue 18-Feb-14 10:55:45


All these idiots talking about human rights. I bet they'd soon change their tune if something horrific happened to someone they loved.

StarGazeyPond Tue 18-Feb-14 10:57:47

^^ What angelos said.

SaucyJack Tue 18-Feb-14 10:59:27


B*gger Norway. I'd much rather re-offending rates were kept down by whole life tariffs. Some people simply should not be walking the streets.

CoffeeTea103 Tue 18-Feb-14 10:59:52

Yanbu, they ceased the right to be thought of as human beings once they committed those crimes and should be written off.

DuckworthLewis Tue 18-Feb-14 11:03:23

You are missing the point.

The point is that these sentences need to be reviewed every so often, not that the prisoner will be necessarily be released at that review.

It's very possible that the worst offenders will spend the rest of their lives in prison, nobody is saying they won't.

It's the absence of any review process that is considered to be contrary to a person's human rights, not the length of sentence in and of itself.

DuckworthLewis Tue 18-Feb-14 11:03:57

Yanbu, they ceased the right to be thought of as human beings once they committed those crimes and should be written off.

Really? You really think that?


ChoudeBruxelles Tue 18-Feb-14 11:05:36

No one is proposing letting people out who show no remorse and still pose a danger. It's about introducing a mandatory review at points within the sentence

Chummiestwin Tue 18-Feb-14 11:07:28

Yanbu the punishment should be harsh for these type of offenders, if it's a whole life tariff so be it!

DreamingofSummer Tue 18-Feb-14 11:07:57

<<Yanbu, they ceased the right to be thought of as human beings once they committed those crimes and should be written off>>

You are Katie Holmes and I claim my £5.

If you are not Katie Holmes, angry shock

SauvignonBlanche Tue 18-Feb-14 11:09:13

YABU,yes keep them prison for life, if deemed necessary but only after regular review.

they ceased the right to be thought of as human beings once they committed those crimes and should be written off
What an appalling attitude. sad

Chummiestwin Tue 18-Feb-14 11:13:16

I think what coffee tea meant is that tge crimes that these individuals committed where so abhorrent that it seems subhuman. Remember whole life tariffs are for those who have committed the most heinous of crimes, as a result have to serve their punishment even if it means growing old in prison. remember they most probably cut short a life and changed a family for life, it is right that they are severely punished for it!

Beeyump Tue 18-Feb-14 11:16:23

CoffeeTea103 I take it you would like the death penalty to be reintroduced?

Beeyump Tue 18-Feb-14 11:17:10

Katie Holmes?? Hahaha, I think you might mean Katie Hopkins grin

MrsAMerrick Tue 18-Feb-14 11:18:04

Our justice system is based on the notion of rehabilitation, If offenders are given a life sentence with no possibility of parole, then that undermines the concept of rehabilitation.

As others have said, if at the reviews it is agreed that the offender is not ready for release into society then s/he will stay in custody. However, the system needs to have the review process built into it.

Imo, the Norweigian system is much better than ours. Yes, I'm sure that if something horrendous happened to my dc I would personally like to see the person responsible suffer as much as possible. However, I don't think that that is a sound basis on which to build a justice system.

CoffeeTea103 Tue 18-Feb-14 11:18:12

If you know someone who was a victim of a horrific crime then you would see things very very differently. You don't see them as being human. You see them being given rights yet the victim had no right to live. If you've experienced it then maybe you can understand why I feel this.

DuckworthLewis Tue 18-Feb-14 11:18:28

<<bangs head on desk>>

as a result have to serve their punishment even if it means growing old in prison.

Yes, they most probably still will spend the rest of their lives in prison, nobody is disagreeing with that!

What is being proposed is that there should be periodic reviews, not that they will necessarily be released.

I'm not sure which part of this is so difficult to understand?

Fifyfomum Tue 18-Feb-14 11:20:36

Getting life does not mean getting life in prison.

Prison is a very expensive thing. Better to have good probation systems that monitor people within the community for life. That's what life means.

SauvignonBlanche Tue 18-Feb-14 11:21:09

Of course such people should be punished, no one is saying any different, but believing that any person or group of people is "sub-human" is an anathema to me.

littlemslazybones Tue 18-Feb-14 11:24:14

I think there are only 54 whole-lifers. It's not like we throw the sentence around willy-nilly. I don't think that it so bad to think that in a country of 60+ million people under 60 are beyond rehabilitation.

Chummiestwin Tue 18-Feb-14 11:25:44

Well yes whole life tarrifs are that, the person is punished severely and should be kept for the most severe of crimes, quite rightly. Not all can be rehabilitated, some people just cannot. I am sure yes some of you would feel differently if it happened to your family! The whole life tarrif reflects this, the need for tge criminal to have a punishment that reflects the severity of their crimes.

angelos02 Tue 18-Feb-14 11:31:45

Some people commit crimes that are 'sub-human' and they deserve to be 'written off'. A life in prison is a pretty light thing to get considering the crimes some people commit.

WooWooOwl Tue 18-Feb-14 11:33:51


Prison should be less about rehabilitation and more about punishment and protection for the public IMO.

It is crazy that out reoffending rates are so high, especially for lower level crimes, and that to me suggests that there isn't enough punishment in prison.

A temporary loss of freedom is enough punishment for some crimes, but for some, or for repeated offences, just being in prison with access to education, television, a nice gym etc is not enough in terms of punishment.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: