'Crime levels to rise' Warning Over Rising Crime
Updated: 13:11, Sunday December 24, 2006
Crime levels are set to rise for the first time in more than a decade, according to a leaked Downing Street report.
It also predicts the prison population will jump by 25% in the next five years.
A slowdown in the economy is threatening to reverse recent falls in crime levels, The Sunday Times has reported.
And the number of people in prison will outstrip the planned rate of growth in available places - yet the Chancellor is refusing to fund extra prisons.
The report said that increasing prison places was "an expensive way to meet crime and punishment objectives" and suggested the ministers should look at alternative ways of curbing crime.
These include "chemical castration" of sex offenders and a ration on the amount of alcohol people are allowed to buy.
It also suggests following the Swiss example of prescribing heroin rather than methadone to addicts, which proved a success for the European country.
Shadow home secretary David Davis said the report confirmed that there was a "massive shortage" in prison places.
"That will mean more short prison sentences, more early releases and more dangerous criminals on our streets - and as a result more crime caused by the Government's inaction," he told the paper.
A No 10 spokesman said: "This document does not represent Government policy. It sets out lots of ideas for discussion and consultation, including looking at measures used in other countries.
"The policy review process is still at an early stage and people should wait for the end of that process."
if people know that there wont be enough spaces in prisons, wouldn't this make them more likely to commit a criminal offence?
I know itâs the job of the news channels to report on subjects like this, but isnât it a bit irresponsible for sky to publish this report as it could be a threat to our countries security?
They say there is going to he a rise in crime, but now that they know there wont be enough space in prison wouldnât the rate of crime rise faster and higher because of this leaked report?