In 2002 Labour changed the laws so even violent offenders and rapists could become eligible for parole after one third of their sentence.
The Criminal Justice Act 1985 did not allow a prisoner to be released from prison before two thirds of their sentence, if they had been convicted of any of the following crimes:
- Sexual Violation (includes rape)
- Attempted Murder
- Wounding on injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and wounding/injuring with intent to injure
- Using a firearm against law enforcement officer
- Commission of crime with firearm
- Robbery and aggravated robbery
But the Parole Act 2002 changed that, and lets all the rapists and other thugs become eligible after one third of their sentence. Labour only finally backed down on this in the last parliamentary term.
So in July of this year, Graham Capill will become eligible for parole, despite having served only three years of his nine year sentence.Tags: Graham Capill, Labour, parole, rape