Startling new figures reveal that criminals on probation are committing one murder and one rape every week.
In the past two years offenders on licence have been convicted of 105 rapes, 94 murders, 18 attempted murders and 39 manslaughters – all while they are being supervised by the probation service.
A report from the Ministry of Justice also reveals that there were 78 kidnappings and 43 convictions for arson with intent to endanger life, along with 657 other violent or sexual offences which were serious enough to attract a maximum jail sentence of 10 years or longer.
The total number of convictions for criminals being monitored by probation staff after release from jail on licence, or while serving a community sentence, in the two years from March 2007 to March 2009 was 1,394, or almost two per day, and 1,034 of these were classified as serious offences.
Shadow Justice Secretary, Dominic Grieve said last night:
“The public will be shocked to learn that dangerous criminals under diluted probation supervision are convicted of one murder a week.
“Gordon Brown has released serious offenders early and relaxed the monitoring of those on probation.
“After the Sonnex case this is further evidence that the Government’s lax approach to criminal justice is putting the public at risk.”