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监狱暴动无罪?造反有理?

据上周报导,检察官对去年因监狱禁菸令而暴动的囚犯已撤销大部分最严重的指控。

这样的消息着实让人担忧,姑且不论暴动后持续动盪不安、监狱的过度拥挤及暴动时所造成数以百万计的破坏费用都将落到纳税人头上来承担,监狱暴动的本身就是对法律和体制的蔑视。

政府目前需做的应是落实法律的执行,确保暴乱的人士能得到应有且严厉的逞罚。 让他们感受法律强大的约束力,而不是雷声大雨点小,最终之后又放掉。

 

英文版/ English version

Will prison rioters escape most punishment?

 

It was reported last week that prosecutors have dropped the most serious charges against some of the prisoners involved in last year’s prison riot against bans on smoking in prisons.

 

This report is very worrying. The prison riot showed complete contempt for the law and for authority, as well as causing millions of dollars damage and ongoing turmoil and overcrowding in our prisons.

 

The government must do all it can to ensure the most serious charges possible proceed against every prison rioter, and that offenders do genuinely feel “the full force of the law” rather than being let off with a light penalty for a less serious offence.