SNP govt tackling crime



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Commenting on proposals to
change sentences on knife crime the SNP highlighted Labour’s rejection of these
plans when in Government in
Scotland and their current rejection of them whilst in
government in


In evidence to the Justice
2 Committee in 2005 then Justice Minster Hugh Henry said: “I do not think
that the proposal for mandatory sentences would either solve the problem or
help with it. Indeed, there could be unintended consequences.”


Justice Committee member
Nigel Don said:


“When they were the
Executive Labour and the Justice Committee had the sense to see that this
proposal was both unworkable and unhelpful. The UK Labour Government recognises
that this is the wrong approach.


“The police working to
reduce the impact of knife crime recognise that mandatory sentences are not the
DCS John Carnochan - the head of the violence reduction unit - is on record
as not supporting them.  This SNP Government
is investing in keeping people away from knives as that is the long term
solution, not sending youngsters to the university of crimes which is our


“And the most recent
figures show that violent crime is falling as the Scottish government’s
approach takes knives off the streets.


"Our sheriffs do not
need to be told what to do; they already have the power they need to send
offenders to gaol for up to four years, and the average sentence has been
increasing over recent years.


“We need to take the right
action that makes people feel safer in their homes and on their streets that’s
why the SNP is putting more police on the streets and creating alternatives for
our young people not promoting unworkable and unhelpful policies.”

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