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Bail Accommodation and Support Service- again

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It looks like the Tory ministers are still going on about the (relatively) new BASS scheme which I have already written about here. There were three questions about them in parliament yesterday all of which asked, in various ways, whether there were any plans to open any bail hostels in their constituencies. The answer in all expect Crewe was ‘no’. Which is true because, as David Hanson said, they are not Bail Hostels (they don’t even exist) but they are leased private premises.

I do understand that people may have issues about the premises opening near where they live- who wants to have a house full of offenders near them? But, if you really have a serious problem with it, surely the best way to deal with it is on the government’s terms. David Hanson would have been in the right if he had simply said no, there won’t be any bail hostels. As it is, he went further and said that there wouldn’t be any BASS properties in Harwich- I hope he doesn’t have to change his mind! I can’t believe I’m standing up for a politician- it’s been a hard day, sorry!

Apparently, though, in Crewe the two premises that were opened have since closed down. I wonder why. If politicians actually had the nouse to ask that question, they may find they have some grounds for opposing them (if they were closed due to some kind of unsocial behaviour) rather than framing the whole debate in some silly flog ’em and hang ’em ‘you’re opening mini-prisons on our street’ rhetoric.

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Written by criminologyandstuff

January 20, 2009 at 8:03 pm