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Early release scheme – success ?

As part of the Governments early release scheme to make space in our prisons to allow even more convicted criminals to be incarcerated, therefore protecting the public, the decision was made to release non-violent prisoners before their sentences were complete. Complete in so much that they qualify for release as opposed to completing the length of the sentence, we all know this never happens.

Andrew Mournian was convicted for a violent assault offence and duly received a period of imprisonment. He was released early under the early release scheme.

He then went on to murder the same victim. Yes that’s right. He had a custodial sentence for assault, was released early as part of the scheme and then went  on to murder the same victim.

He was released early for assault on Amanda Murphy and had a history of domestic violence and whilst on early release he murdered her.

Exactly what does the term non-violent prisoner mean ?

Exactly what type of non-violent offence does the early release scheme cover ?

This man, a man with previous for violence, violence towards the victim, was released for an offence of violence against the victim and whilst on early release murders the same victim.

The Judge stated that this may have happened anyway but, and it is a really big but, his early release helped this to happen. He was given a life (14 years) sentence at Leeds Crown Court, to protect the public no doubt.

The Judge denies a link and the politicians fail to accept their responsibilities for providing the opportunity for this to happen.


6 Responses

  1. Inspector Gadget has done the same story.
    Now you cannot blame the government for this mistake, it was whoever decided that he was eligable for release.
    Obviously they had not taken into account his previous record of violence and why they thought he would be o.k. to release him.

    It’s a tragic mistake, but you can only blame the person responsible….not the government.

  2. “Exactly what does the term non-violent prisoner mean ?” Excellent question!

    This guy sure wouldn’t have fit the bill of nonviolent, “before” he was released early. It makes you wonder…do they even look into the acts that landed them behind bars in the first place? No common sense seems to go into some of these decisions. Assault = violent

  3. Do we seriously think that either this bloody government, or the Judges, will accept any blame? Cloud cuckoo land springs to mind.

  4. Aaahhh Annette, we cannot blame the Government ?

    Was it not the Government who decided that the early release scheme would be put in place because the prisons are full to overcrowding and there are still convicted people being given custodial sentences ?

    The Government decided to impliment the scheme and set the rules by which it was done because their policy on prisons and crime is failing.

    People are not jailed upon conviction unless there are reasons that come within the sentencing policies. These also change depending on spaces and political pressures. They assure us that sentencing policy for violent crime is positive and this reflects the protection of the victim and the public.

    This guy is most definately violent. His history and his character are ones of violence. He should not have been released. What he does after may not have been any different but early release for him was a very big mistake andsimply wrong.

    This is yet another example of how our Government think they are never to blame for anything they do that goes wrong. Itis somehow always someone elses fault. Everyone is accountable exept for them.

  5. WEB:
    I totally agree that that man should never have been released. It was a dreadful mistake.
    When the government bought that act in they only meant to release people that were non violent.
    As you know they usually are released early with good behaviour anyway. If they are released early it makes more room for the very dangerous, violent people.
    The governement is not responsible for that man in particular, it was however dealt with that particular case. He/She could not have read up about him and his violent pass.
    I am worried about this overcrowding in prisons problem, the only answer would be to build more prisons.
    But where you would put them I don’t know.

  6. It’s appalling, no two ways about it. I think what got me was the response ‘he’d have killed her anyway whenever he was released’.

    Excuse me?

    In which reality is that acceptable?

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