DEAL TO CLEAR PRISONS OF FOREIGN CRIMINALS FROM EU SENDS BACK ONLY 217


There are 4,100 EU citizens in jails in England and Wales, he told MPs in a written Commons answer; at the end of September they included 891 Poles , 638 Romanians, 424 Lithuanians, 245 Portuguese and 189 Dutch.  “Far too few Euro criminals are being sent home under the EU prisoner transfer directive despite the fact that it is meant to be compulsory”.  Officials have warned that compulsory transfers could be delayed or blocked if offenders go to court claiming that their human rights would be breached by prison conditions in their home state.

Only 200 criminals from EU countries have been sent home to serve their prison sentence despite a deal that was supposed to clear thousands from jails and save taxpayers £100 million.

The failure to return the offenders is disclosed in figures showing that they were transferred at a rate of about 36 a year.

Sam Gyimah, the prisons minister, said that since the prison transfer agreement in 2011, 217 EU offenders had been returned.

There are 4,100 EU citizens in jails in England and Wales, he told MPs in a written Commons answer; at the end of September they included 891 Poles , 638 Romanians, 424 Lithuanians, 245 Portuguese and 189 Dutch .


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/deal-to-return-thousands-of-criminals-repatriates-200-from-eu-countries-6jjmwzbzw

Prisoners from EU countries were transferred at a rate of about 36 a year
Prisoners from EU countries were transferred at a rate of about 36 a yearPAUL FAITH/PA

 

 

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