“Tell Justice Secretary why Ed’s 32-month sentence contradicts aims of government’s Green Paper”, urge campaigners

Ed on his 18th Birthday.

Campaigners are urging Edward Woollard’s supporters to take part in a government consultation before it ends on March 4, and to let justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke know their views on the sentencing and rehabilitation of offenders, and why they think Edward Woollard’s sentence is in complete contradiction to the aims of the government’s Green Paper, Breaking the cycle. (Download the template letter).

Chris Rawlinson, campaigner and Edward’s friend said: “It’s clear that the Justice Secretary’s Green Paper is supposed to be aimed at ending the damage caused by locking people up by providing meaningful and ‘improved rehabilitation’ along with ‘constructive community sentences’.

“I would like to ask Ken Clarke to consider where the justice is in locking up an 18 year-old lad for 32 months for doing something, in a moment’s madness, that hurt no one, and for which Edward has always been truly sorry.

“Everyone agrees that what Edward did was dangerous and stupid, but surely he would be more use to society, and certainly less of a cost to the taxpayer, if he was able to make a positive contribution by serving a community service sentence, rather than being locked away for 23 hours a day?”

Sarah Evans fellow campaigner said: “I hope people write to Ken Clarke and let him know what they think – we need rehabilitation for offenders, especially young ones.

“With prison numbers and costs rising, it surely time to reconsider Ed’s and other young people’s sentences and to start questioning how young offenders might better serve their time, so that we can be sure that their future life chances are not spoilt.

The justice secretary’s consultation, is in response to the government’s Green Paper: ‘Breaking the cycle’,  which aims to: “set out plans to plans to cut crime, create safer communities and ensure there are fewer victims. It proposes measures to break the destructive cycle of crime by locking up serious and violent offenders, making prisons places of hard work, introducing more robust, immediate and constructive community sentences, getting prisoners off drugs and improving rehabilitation by opening it up to innovation from the private and charitable sectors.”

Contributions to the consultation can be made by email or via the Ministry of Justice’s website, where you can find out more information on the consultation.

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5 Responses to “Tell Justice Secretary why Ed’s 32-month sentence contradicts aims of government’s Green Paper”, urge campaigners

  1. Heather Kai says:

    I have written and also wrote to Cameron a few weeks back, awaiting reply from Justice Ministry after raising the point mentioned above.
    Keep fighting, I think more and more people are listening to this campaign, I know people who Tory/ Lib voters and supporters who have raised questions over this case and it has made them change who they will vote for in future.

  2. loulindy says:

    Can everyone get a copy of this letter? Thanks Lyn

  3. Claire Katrina says:

    The Right Honourable The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice,

    I am writing with regards to the unjust, disproportionate and politcally motivated sentence that Edward Woollard recieved which can be only be seen as counterproductive in so many ways. Edward Woollard’s sentence is in complete contradiction to the aims of the government’s Green paper, breaking the cycle. What seems clear to me is that the Justice Secretary’s Green Paper is supposed to be aimed at ending the damage caused by locking people up by providing meaningful and ‘improved rehabilitation’ along with ‘constructive community sentences’.

    I would like to ask you to consider where the justice is in locking up an 18 year-old boy for 32 months for doing something, in a moment’s madness, that hurt no one, and for which he has always shown true remorse for.
    Everyone agrees that what Edward did was dangerous and stupid, but surely he would be more use to society, and certainly less of a cost to the taxpayer, if he was able to make a positive contribution by serving a community service sentence, rather than being locked away for 23 hours a day?

    I truly believe we need rehabilitation for offenders, especially young ones and with prison numbers and costs rising, it is surely time to reconsider Ed’s and other young people’s sentences and to start questioning how young offenders might better serve their time, so that we can be sure that their future life chances are not spoilt.

    In David Camerons own words in connection to his time involved with the Bullingdon Club “Like many people, I did things when I was young that I should not have done, and that I regret,” and “We do things when we are young that we deeply regret.” It amazes me to read of an incident that happened when Mr Borris Johnson and other Bullingdon Club members at Oxford spent the night in police cells after a plant pot was thrown through a restaurant window. I believe no-one was actually charged, although this could of equally resulted in seriously injuring an innocent member of the public!

    Yours sincerely

  4. Hi Claire,

    Thanks so much for posting that and sending it to Ken Clarke, we’d like to send that out as a template letter if that’s ok?

    Best wishes

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