Wednesday, August 17, 2011

UK riots: some sentences 'too severe', say MPs and justice campaigners

Some of the sentences handed out to people involved in the UK riots are too severe, according to MPs and justice campaigners.

Liberal Democratic MP Tom Brake believes they should be about "restorative justice" not retribution.

But a Tory MP disagrees. Gavin Barwell said a clear message should be sent that the country would not tolerate such behaviour.

Two men have been jailed for four years for using Facebook to incite riots and another man has been given an 18 month sentence for having a stolen television.

In my opinion, we should edge to wards "zero tolerance". Harsh sentences are justified if they stop looters and rioters.



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