Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Bury St Edmunds: MP calls for ‘dayglo boiler suits’ for offenders

18:18 13 November 2012

Bury St Edmunds: MP calls for ‘dayglo boiler suits’ for offenders

Bury St Edmunds: MP calls for ‘dayglo boiler suits’ for offenders

Archant

CONVICTED criminals should be made to wear Guantanamo Bay-style “orange dayglo boiler suits” with the word “offender” emblazoned on their backs, a Suffolk MP has said.

David Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmunds, made the outspoken comments in the House of Commons as he confronted a member of the government over whether the Ministry of Justice would go “soft” on criminals.

Currently many people given a community order carry it out under the community payback scheme, but it has faced criticism that it is does not appropriately punish offenders for their crimes.

As a result justice secretary Chris Grayling is drawing up proposals for a new scheme; the cabinet minister said in his conference speech last month that community punishments would “not be a soft option any more”.

But speaking in the Commons Mr Ruffley said: “Can I say to ministers in the Justice department that I hope they are not going to go soft on introducing an element of shame and real punishment in these new community penalties.

“I’m told that under community payback offenders might wear a yellow vest with the words ‘community pay-back’ on the back, and that these can be removed if the probation staff think it appropriate.

“Could I say to him that what we really need is community punishment where the offenders are in the community with orange dayglo boiler suites with the word ‘offender’ on the back, to inculcate some sense of shame and make these tough sentences not the soft ones we’ve had until now.”

Justice minister Jeremy Wright said that the government was determined to ensure community sentences delivered punishment as well as “rehabilitation and reparation”.

The minister added: “I have a good deal of sympathy with what [Mr Ruffley] has just said. I have to say when I have been to see community payback within the community it is very evident that those carrying it out are offenders, they are easily identifiable.”

3 comments

  • I wonder if Mr Ruffley has been watching Misfits !! On a serious note, as a tax payer i would prefer it if my money was spent on cheapo hi-vis vests that fit one size and can be used over and over instead of individual boiler suits that for hygeine purposes would be per person.

    Report this comment

    a friend

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • There is likely to be quite a lot of support for MP David Ruffley's orange jacket idea for offenders who we can longer afford to send to prison because they are already full and it costs, is it £40,000 a year. About the same as a top public school. Why are not rich offenders made to pay for their own incarceration?. There are means tests for lots of things nowadays....

    Report this comment

    Roberta

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • It would never happen as someone would complain to the EU, that it's against their "human rights".

    Report this comment

    ran 528

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Photo: David Tett

From half-term fun and open gardens to the Suffolk Show and air displays, there’s plenty to see and do in Suffolk during the school holidays.

John Popplewell with his 45lb stingray

A Clacton fisherman caught a “monster” stingray weighing nearly three and a half stone on an Essex beach this week – and filmed it all on his new GoPro.

Essex fire crews.

Firefighters attending a blaze in the basement of a Harwich home initially thought someone was trapped in the house.

A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO outside Heveningham Hall. Picture: Cameron Maynard/Aperto Photos.

An 18th Century Suffolk mansion has announced plans to host a gathering of rare classic cars as part of celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of its annual country fair.

BBC's Springwatch has arrived in Minsmere Nature reserve for the third year.
Presenters Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan.

A new Springwatch star is likely to be born at RSPB Minsmere in the next three weeks to capture the hearts of millions of viewers in the same way that a hapless little fish did during last year’s immensely popular BBC nature showcase series.

Gina Long celebrating with the family on receiving her MBE

Three community heroes from Suffolk were honoured for their selfless work and made an MBE by Prince Charles.

File picture of Suffolk police officer.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child under the age of 13 in a play area in Gislingham.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24