Common criminals who have been recently released from prison are failing to learn from their mistakes and continue to commit more serious offences. Crimes like murder and rape are among the serious offences committed by these well-known criminals.
In 2018-19 records have shown that 577 serious further offences which include violent or sexual crimes were committed by people under probation supervision. The figure represents around 0.2% of prisoners being supervised at that period.
Among the released jailbirds is Joseph McCann and Leroy Campbell who are well-known serial rapists. Since he was released from prison last February McCann assailed many victims aged between 11 and 71.
After his release from prison, Campbell raped and murdered a nurse in 2016, and an inquest found that failures by police and probation staff were made “more than minimal contribution” to the victim`s death.
At the time of their crimes both McCann and Campbell were on license and being supervised by the National Probation Service (NPS).
Justin Russell, the Chief Inspector has cautioned that if mistakes from different cases are not used to improve national practices more problems will arise in future.
HM Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) stated that the probation system was “not doing enough to learn lessons from serious crimes committed by an offender under supervision”.
Records have shown that 60 per cent of criminals who commit further offences after their release was under the charge of the public NPS and about 40 per cent were with private community rehabilitation companies which were only meant to handle lower-risk criminals.