MAGAZINE: Prisoners polled on their views on sentencing

Three out of four prisoners believe burglars who target homes where children live should receive tougher sentences, according to a new report.

Monday, 13th June 2016, 2:09 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 3:12 am
Prisoners polled on their views on sentencing

In a revealing survey of Britain’s prison population, 73% of convicts said they thought judges are too lenient on burglars, especially when their victims include the young and vulnerable.

In the survey, part of ADT’s Take No More campaign and conducted in partnership with national prison newspaper Inside Time, six in 10 (61%) prisoners serving time for burglary admitted they had not considered the impact of their crimes on youngsters living in the houses they broke into.

However, nine in 10 (93%) said they would feel guilty if they knew that any children had been left traumatised by their crimes.

Watch the video where we find out the views of former inmate Noel ‘Razor’ Smith who spent more than 30 years behind bars, and a victim who was burgled in his childhood.