Tuesday, November 6, 2007

‘Bribe’ is doubled for foreign prisoners who agree to leave Britain

Richard Ford, Home Correspondent

The Government has almost doubled to £1,500 the “bribe” offered to foreign national prisoners to persuade them to return home and ease prison overcrowding, The Times has learnt.
The improved package of help is being offered for the next 5½ weeks as the Government attempts to meet a target of removing 4,000 foreign prisoners by the end of the year. Opposition politicans and penal reform groups suggested last night that the enhanced package was a clear sign that the Government was not on target.
The revised package was introduced quietly without any publicity or formal announcement by the Home Office a week ago as Parliament rose for a week’s break.


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