Crime is unacceptable and must not be tolerated. It is usually not committed by accident but is the result of a deliberate decision to do wrong. Most crime is perpetrated by a relatively small group of habitual criminals.
We must understand and remove the causes of crime, catch criminals and ensure that they do not re-offend in the future. We must break the "revolving door" approach that lets career criminals commit further crime and impose additional suffering and costs on society.
The Peoples Party will:
through dramatically improved education and encouragement to business give skills and create opportunities, ensure that crime is not seen as economically attractive
provide improved mental care services to help those who vulnerable to criminal activity
introduce new measures to deter and prevent crime, targeting those groups who are most likely to commit crime
cut the prison population by doing everything possible to avoid having to send people to prison in the first place
decriminalise drugs, treating use a medical and social problem
fundamentally change the criminal justice system to ensure that career criminals are not released from prison to commit new crimes
set up a rehabilitation scheme for those prisoners who promise not to re-offend to give them one chance to "go straight"
create "a wipe the slate clean" option for first time offenders, avoiding giving people criminal records that can blight their future prospects
establish networks of local police volunteers, akin to the lifeboat or retained fire services, to provide an immediate response to antisocial behaviour and criminal activity
allow people to claim compensation to cover the costs of crime and incentivise police officers to keep claims as low as possible
look for a significant longer term reduction in the cost of law and order as our policies cut crime and the need for "criminal justice industry"
create a single Emergency Service, merging police, fire and ambulance services and encourage personnel to multi-task
Published and promoted by Christopher Prior,
The Peoples Party for Better Government, 13 Middle Way, Oxford OX2 7LH