Fury as prisons could let killers and sex offenders out EARLY to work


KILLERS, sex offenders and violent criminals could be let out of jail early to work.

Bans on lags doing jobs, unless they are in the last 12 months of their sentence, are to be relaxed.

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Killers, sex offenders and criminals could be released early to work as part of a prison release scheme[/caption]

The release on temporary licence (ROTL) scheme will be altered by the Ministry of Justice so inmates can go on day release if they are deemed low risk.

It is predicted that plans will cut reoffending, estimated to cost £15billion yearly.

But campaign groups have reacted with fury to the changes.


David Spencer, from the Centre for Crime Prevention, said: “This policy will come as a kick in the teeth for victims of crime.

“Again, the MoJ has chosen to put the issue of jail numbers ahead of public safety.”

Rose Dixon, from Support After Murder and Manslaughter, said: “If you kill, should your rights and opportunities be respected above those left bereaved?”

The ROTLs let prisoners spend short periods in the community to prepare them for life on the outside by working or training and firming up family links.

The scheme sparked anger in 2014 when violent con Michael Wheatley, nicknamed “Skull Cracker”, robbed a building society after being granted day release from Standford Hill jail in Kent.

He was later jailed for life after he was recaptured.

Justice Secretary David Gauke said: “Broadening access to training and work opportunities is a vital part of our strategy to steer offenders from crime and ultimately keep the public safe.”

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Michael Wheatley robbed a building society after being granted day release from Standford Hill jail in 2014[/caption]

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Wheatley has the nickname ‘Skull Cracker’ and was jailed for life after his recapture[/caption]


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