To fight crime more, the British Prime Minister has announced some measures. He wants to build 10,000 new prison cells and hire an additional 20,000 police officers. Boris Johnson announced this in a newspaper column in Mail on Sunday .
The first new prison is to be built at HMP Full Sutton next to the already well-functioning high security prison. The 10,000 seats will be added to previously announced new prisons in Wellingborough and Glen Parva, which will have 3,360 seats by 2023.
Finance Minister Sajid Javid has agreed to provide 2.66 billion euros for the construction of the cells. Johnson also wants to strengthen the rights of police in inspections on suspicion. Thus, another 8,000 officials are to be authorized to question suspects at will and to search. He also called for harsher punishment against violent offenders and rapists and carriers of knives.
Johnson also wants to end the automatic release of criminals. Under current law, all offenders who are sentenced to life imprisonment and are considered non-dangerous can leave prison if half of the sentence has been served.