THE LIB-DEM parliamentary candidate for Thurrock, Carys Davis has torpedoed Labour’s criticisms re proposed prison ships off Tilbury.
Ms Davis said: “The Labour Government is responsible for creating a prison system that’s bursting at the seams, by introducing nearly 4,000 new criminal offences.
“But prison ships will be an expensive and ineffective solution.
“We can ease overcrowding in jails by using more rigorous community punishments for non-violent crimes.
“Community justice panels enable local people to have say if their community has been damaged by crime – and are proven to reduce re-offending.”
The Tories are considering reintroducing prison ships to help deal with prison overcrowding.
They confirmed they are considering the move, which would be a way of fulfilling David Cameron’s pledge to end the Government’s prisoner early release scheme.
Shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve said: ‘The use of prison ships as a way of ending Labour’s early release scheme is an idea the Conservative Party is seriously considering.’