A Terrorist was shot dead on Thursday on the Champs Elysee in Paris after he had killed a policeman. Alas, this again reveals what happens when soft justice is dispensed. Karim Cheurfi was a recidivist, who had spent 14 years in Prison but had broken his Bail obligations ! He should have been ordered back for a stay in Prison.
This has frequently happened before and is basically due to the lack of enough available space in French prisons ! They are overcrowded !
The solution adopted by Socialist Governments, under the Presidentcy of François Hollande, is to dispense "soft justice" : the Police and the Judiciary are expected "to use their discretion" !
This means where possible small offenders or criminals are not pursued, minimum prison sentences are a favoured solution, with the sole objective to permit at least serious criminals to be arrested !
It is quite obvious this Policy is not a deterrent for criminals and will never result in a reduction of Crime !
Not all the Candidates in the current Presidential Election campaign have clearly said that they would order more Prisons to be built !
Would this not provide more work, reduce unemployment and create more security for French citizens ?