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Why for example does Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi (Lockerbie killer), Biggs (caracature robber) and a whole host of other criminals (to the order of tens of thousands including violent offenders) get let off jail terms? Some of them are ill, some might have freaked Jade Goody, some are just fecklessly lucky as prison space runs out. Either way, doesn't it persecute the victim, even take the mickey out of them? Does anyone enjoy the fact that Maxine Carr may well be living in their neighbourhood wearing a wig and a knowing smile?

I'm not being funny, but they don't get to do the full term anyway, sentances are already halved for some unknown (to me at least) reason. Why do crims get say a "5 year" sentence if in reality it means no more than 2.5 years maximum? Why don't they just admit it's 2.5 years when judging. Are all judges not liars because what they say is never going to happen?

Finally, if imprisonment is deemed such that it cannot be endured for the term prescribed by a judge, should it not be abolished as the pointless system it is? Surely, all criminals could make a case for "compassionate" release. The canny ones anyway, the ones we need to be worried about, that is.

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