FREEDOM FOR OUR PRISONERS

I’ve been reading about violations of prisoners human rights in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Historically in Britain, prisoners have never been allowed to vote. Now however, thanks to a landmark ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), this is set to change.

‘In October 2005, a convicted murderer, John Hirst, won a case in the grand chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg with a ruling that a blanket ban on voting was contrary to article 3, protocol 1 of the European convention on human rights, which guarantees the right to free and fair elections

‘There are now more than 2,500 claims for compensation from other prisoners before the European Court of Human Rights which have been suspended pending that legislation. The potential compensation bill is more than £70m.’ – The Guardian 

I wish them the best of luck, and hope that their right to a ‘free and fair’ election is respected and upheld. I also hope that the British taxpayer is held fully responsible for this flagrant disrespect of prisoners rights.

Prisoners can already vote in 16 European Countries. Let's make it 17.

Also of interest;

The plight of this poor sod has touched me. It must have been awful being unable to start a family from behind bars.  I don’t know his name, because it’s important we respect his right to privacy and anonymity.

Keep up the good work Home Secretary

‘A prisoner is being allowed to become a father from behind bars because of his human rights.

The inmate’s demand for artificial insemination with his partner was approved by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke earlier this year.

It is thought the treatment, which can cost up to £2,000 a time, is being paid for by the NHS.

The decision was based on the  prisoner’s right to family life’ under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The case follows that of burglar Wayne Bishop who was let out of jail last week so he could look after his children, using the same article

In 2007 murderer Kirk Dickson won the right to father a child by artificial insemination after a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.’  – Daily Mail

Britain is truly becoming a beacon for equality, liberty and human rights FOR ALL. Isn’t it wonderful?

I wish Ian Huntley luck in his forthcoming court case. For those of you that don’t know, Mr Huntley was implicated in the murders of two 10 year old girls in 2002. Since his incarceration, he has allegedly been the target of several vicious and totally unprovoked attacks from other prisoners.

Poor bloke. I wish him the best of luck.

‘He is demanding almost £100,000 from the Ministry of Justice for failing in its duty of care towards him.

He was taken to hospital in March after the attack and required urgent
treatment.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “Ian Huntley is bringing a claim against the Ministry of Justice following an assault by another prisoner.

“The claim is currently being vigorously defended.”

It is thought that he will receive legal aid to fight the case, which could
end up costing the taxpayer over £1m.

Huntley is considered one of Britain’s most high-profile prisoners as he has been repeatedly targeted by other inmates and has attempted to take his own life three times.‘ – Sky News

I cannot comprehend how HM Prison Service could even contemplate mounting a defence. They have clearly failed in their duty of care to Mr Huntley. The emotional trauma, in addition to the physical scars he has suffered will quite possibly affect him for the rest of his life. It is only fair that he is compensated accordingly. After all his right to be free from persecution it seems, has been violated.

Which brings me to my main point.

I think we should now abolish prison sentences altogether.

The time has finally come.

I consider a prison sentence to be an infringement upon individuals human rights. It is a clear breach of article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

‘Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be deprived of his liberty’

Forget about the exceptions to this, they should be disregarded. If a crime’s been commited, you can’t change it. If someone has died, you can’t bring them back. So is it really fair that you should ruin another life by forcibly imprisoning them? Of course it’s not.

In this age of austerity we could save billions by scrapping our prisons and releasing all of our prisoners. We could instead encourage them to undertake rehabilitation programmes in community facilities such as schools.

Your days are numbered

If they apologise and demonstrate remorse, we should forgive them for their crimes. After all, we are traditionally a Christian country and Christianity (And as far as I am aware – ALL religions) preach forgiveness.

I believe we can prevent them from re-offending and create a happier, equal and truly free society.

Maybe we can even prevent crime in the first place. Statistics indicate that most offenders come from broken homes with troubled upbringings. Giving those at risk a little love, guidance and the opportunity to learn from their mistakes is surely better than throwing them into a Young Offenders Institution or prison for making a few mistakes.

No matter what they’ve done, no human being deserves to have their freedom and liberty restricted.

In all fairness, the government it seems is adopting my viewpoint. ‘Even Denmark and Sweden, often praised for their liberal and social democratic credentials, imprison more people for each conviction than the UK. The European average is 20 prisoners for every 100 offences, five times more punitive than the UK. Even Canada, which Ken Clarke praises for supposedly using fewer prison sentences, has twice the punitivity ratio of Britain. Finland is the only substantial exception with a significantly lower punitivity ratio, which certainly makes it worthy of study but not of immediate imitation. The result is that your average offender in the UK has a much better chance of avoiding prison than in almost any other country in Europe.’ – Civitas

I’m confident and hopeful that it won’t be long until the figure stands at 0 prisoners for every 100 convicts.

After all, how can prisoners be expected to have a happy, fulfilling and free life if they are locked behind bars?

Prison is a brutal, out-dated and oppressive institution depriving human beings of their rights.

That is why, in accordance with article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights the concept of imprisonment in this day and age, should be confined to the history books.

FREEDOM FOR OUR PRISONERS

*DISCLAIMER* – In case you hadn’t already realised, this is a totally sarcastic article. Its intention is to be ridiculous, and maybe even shock to some extent.

What I find shocking though, is that the cases highlighted above are actually being allowed to happen. Personally, I think its abhorrent.

Has the European Convention on Human Rights forgotten about the right’s of the victims, their families and the general notion of justice? Why does our government continue to act as a puppet to an undemocratic and foreign body? Why can’t they listen to the people?

I wonder if the people would allow Huntley to get his compensation, a convicted murderer to become a father whilst still behind bars or a violent rapist to vote in the next election?

That my friends, was a rhetorical question.

Do you think Huntley should get his compensation?
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