While those who commit robbery are now less likely to go to prison than any time in the last 10 years the chance of being banged up if you are a driver has doubled.
In the year Labour took office, 72 per cent of convicted robbers were sent straight to jail. By 2005, that proportion had fallen to 62 per cent, Home Office statistics revealed.
Tough on crime?
The average length of jail sentence for robbers sent to prison has also fallen – from 39 months to 35.
By contrast, whereas 17 per cent of motoring offences resulted in jail in 1997, this had risen to 30 per cent by 2005.
Considering the number of illegal and uninsured drivers there are on the roads these days I suppose this could make sense, but I really don't think that it's those people who are the ones being sent to prison.
The prison crisis could be solved virtually overnight if we still had control of our laws and still retained out collective common-sense. Deport all foreign criminals to their country of origin immediately. This will free up thousands of prison places and save a bunch of money in the process.
It's not rocket science.