Too many in our prisons

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The tragedy of Jo Cox is heartbreaking. The sad fact is there are a lot of people out there like her cold-blooded killer.

I totally think Britain should bring back the death penalty. It costs several millions of pounds in total to incarcerate every lifer.

To give you an idea of these costs, here are some facts.

I used to be an engineer, servicing and repairing in prisons. I remember a warder warning me to keep a close eye on my tool case, as he said: “There are forty-three lifers in here.”

That one prison alone will be costing our Government more than £100million to have these people, a lot of whom will complete their life sentence and kill again.

If you times the £100million by the many other prisons which have similar numbers of lifers, it will definitely amount to billions, and quite probably trillions of pounds.

That money could be used on flood defences, NHS and many more projects our good citizens deserve in this our critical hours.

Culprits who take away innocent lives should also become organ donors, thereby saving lives.

I am convinced if you asked a large number of lifers: Would you prefer to serve the sentence or choose humane termination by injection with the chance to save the life of another for your penance, you would be surprised at the results of such a survey, as they were in America.

Bringing back the death penalty will also act as a deterrent, reducing such crimes.

And, may I add, there are thousands of people in jail who should not be there.

Minor crimes brought about by poverty and desperation. Alternative solutions such as working with animal projects would help us save another billion or two.

We must reduce overcrowding and out of order behaviour, including the ever increasing riots.

Jails are crime breeding factories. Imagine a man steals a pair of socks from Asda and is jailed for one month and comes out a drug dealer.

If you think that is ludicrous, well it’s a fact, he ends up doing 15 years. Why, because he was poor, desperate and vulnerable.

Jimmy Chambers