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Did Boris campaign against early release?

Did Boris Johnson campaign against Early Prisoner release as he claims?

Boris Johnson has claimed that when campaigning to be re-elected Mayor of London in 2012, he opposed the early release of prisoners.  Is this yet another example of Boris being economical with the truth?

His manifesto for the 2012 manifesto, Fighting Crime In London, said nothing about early release.

Of course, like most politicians, he sounded tough on crime.  Sentences aren't harsh enough, he said.  This always goes down well with voters, who also believe that to be the case.  But nothing on early release.

He does say that there are too many prisoners serving short sentences, and it would be better if they were not in prison.  Prison, he said, does them no good.  He said:

"I also believe that there are too many people going to prison on short sentences, which just make them more likely to offend. By contrast those convicted of serious violence spend too little time in gaol. It is time to put sense into sentencing." 

But nothing about the early release, although he did say he wanted

" longer custodial sentences for those who perpetrate violence, especially gang violence, and for persistent robbers and burglars."

You would think, for someone who now claims he was campaigning against the early release process that he would have put it upfront.  But no.  It isn't mentioned.

He sounded tough on crime but didn't really address its causes.







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