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Scandal of EU crooks YOU PAY FOR due to failed Euro-deportation law

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A DEAL to send prisoners from the European Union (EU) back home to serve their sentences has been attacked after it emerged only a handful a year were being deported. Just 217 inmates have been ejected from Britain and re-housed in jails in

their own countries since 2011. The prison transfer agreement was supposed to clear thousands from overcrowded UK jails and save the taxpayer more than £100million, but new figures reveal EU prisoners are being sent home at a measly rate of 36-a-

year. Sam Gyimah, the prisons minister said that of the 4,100 EU citizens in jails across England and Wales at the end of September, 891 were Polish nationals as well as 638 Romanians, 424 Lithuanians, 245 Portuguese and 189 Dutch. Conservative

MP Philip Hollobone hit out at the ineffective directive. He said: “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.” One of the reasons for the low number of

prisoners being returned to their home countries is the fact that it took until 2015 for all but two states – Ireland and Bulgaria – to put the plan in place. It was hoped that after 2015 the number of prisoners going back to the EU would rise, but so far this

year only 61 have returned despite the Ministry of Justice originally identifying more than 4,400 inmates who could be deported. Michael Spurr, chief executive of the prison service, said in 2014 that the compulsory EU agreement “should enable us to

make a significant difference to prisoner transfers”. Richard Burgon, the shadow justice secretary, said: “The Government was warned that its estimates for transfers was overly optimistic. “It urgently needs to clarify how its failure to meet its own

targets will affect the number of available prison places, as overcrowding is already driving an unprecedented wave of violence in our prisons.” A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “Transfer rates under the EU prisoner transfer agreement are

increasing, but this is only one of our removal mechanisms, with 2,214 foreign national offenders removed under [the] early removal scheme in 2016-17.” The news comes just a month after the president of the Prison Governors Association, Andrea Albutt, said UK prisons are “full to bursting” with ten UK prisons at a “very concerning” capacity. She said: “Currently our prisons are full to bursting. The government must be brave and reduce the prison population and don’t worry about votes. “Don’t dabble, just do it because morally it is the right thing to do. “Twelve-month sentences don’t work and are pointless. This cohort must be dealt with in a different way in the community. “Executive release is possible. We have prisoners on IPP [imprisonment for public protection] sentences years past their tariff but still in prison. “We have old and infirm prisoners who are no longer a danger to society and we have far too many mentally ill people where prison is absolutely the worst place for them.”