MP at centre of debate on prisoners

Daily Echo: Steve Brine Steve Brine

WINCHESTER and Chandler’s Ford MP Steve Brine is at the centre of the debate around prisoners’ rights.

Mr Brine sits on a committee charged with scrutinising the Government’s draft bill on the issue which will be considered by Parliament next year. Most members recommended that prisoners serving custodial sentences of 12 months or less, plus all prisoners in the last six months before release, should be able to vote in local, general and European elections.

But Mr Brine recommended putting two options to Parliament: the status quo, whereby prisoners serving custodial sentences cannot vote, and the option of allowing prisoners serving custodial sentences of less than 12 months, and those in the last six months before release, to vote.

Mr Brine said: “Whether Parliament accepts the majority or minority recommendations of this committee, it will need to consider whether it is right to extend the franchise to those denied their liberty and the right to engage in society as a result of serving a custodial sentence. Personally, I think we should uphold the current ban and have every right to do so as a piece of domestic policy.

“Parliament will also need to consider the extent to which it is content to permit the European Court of Human Rights to encroach into domestic policy areas that appear far removed from the original intentions of the drafters of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

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11:23am Sat 28 Dec 13

hulla baloo says...

Dont give them any. In my view, they lost all rights the day they committed a crime.
Dont give them any. In my view, they lost all rights the day they committed a crime. hulla baloo

12:48pm Sat 28 Dec 13

apm1954 says...

does that include the thieving mps who claim expenses that are in prison , i suggest you sit down and frankly shut up , you aint got a clue , i worked everyday over christmas 12 hours a day to make ends meet whilst the scum of this land had a life of luxury in prison.
does that include the thieving mps who claim expenses that are in prison , i suggest you sit down and frankly shut up , you aint got a clue , i worked everyday over christmas 12 hours a day to make ends meet whilst the scum of this land had a life of luxury in prison. apm1954

1:37pm Sat 28 Dec 13

SOULJACKER says...

We should be locking more scum up without rights!
We should be teaching them how to make bricks & then teach them how to lay bricks etc...... & then we get them to make the new prisons we will need.
Remove their mobile phones, snooker tables, TV's etc....& lock them up for 23 hours a day.
Prison life is just a cop out for people who really couldn't be bothered in the real world where life in general is a struggle but you get through it.
Get them making roads & moving piles of rocks & then they won't wanna go back inside again.
Over the past 20-30 years Europe & the establishment in general have been far too lenient & that's why prison isn't the deterrent that it should be.
These scum don't think of the rights of their victims so why should they get any?
We should be locking more scum up without rights! We should be teaching them how to make bricks & then teach them how to lay bricks etc...... & then we get them to make the new prisons we will need. Remove their mobile phones, snooker tables, TV's etc....& lock them up for 23 hours a day. Prison life is just a cop out for people who really couldn't be bothered in the real world where life in general is a struggle but you get through it. Get them making roads & moving piles of rocks & then they won't wanna go back inside again. Over the past 20-30 years Europe & the establishment in general have been far too lenient & that's why prison isn't the deterrent that it should be. These scum don't think of the rights of their victims so why should they get any? SOULJACKER

7:48am Sun 29 Dec 13

huckit P says...

Prison must be a place of punishment. Increasing benefits make short sentences seem like a holiday break, which offers no deterrent at all. Surely if prison conditions remain less than favourable it might make would-be criminals have second thoughts.
Rehabilitation should take place during a period after the original sentence has been served, and I do not believe sentences should he halved for good behaviour.
Going soft on criminals does not work, as has been proven by the number of reoffenders.
A punishment must be exactly that - a punishment.
Prison must be a place of punishment. Increasing benefits make short sentences seem like a holiday break, which offers no deterrent at all. Surely if prison conditions remain less than favourable it might make would-be criminals have second thoughts. Rehabilitation should take place during a period after the original sentence has been served, and I do not believe sentences should he halved for good behaviour. Going soft on criminals does not work, as has been proven by the number of reoffenders. A punishment must be exactly that - a punishment. huckit P

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