John Thornhill, Chairman Magistrates Association and Eoin McLennan Murray, President Prison Governors Association
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'Frenzy' claims anger magistrates

Magistrates have responded angrily to prison governors' accusations they have indulged in a sentencing "feeding frenzy" after the riots in England.

Prison Governors Association president Eoin McLennan Murray said sentences had appealed to a populist mentality.

But Magistrates Association chairman John Thornhill said sentencing had followed guidelines and he was "angry and concerned" by the comments.

Since the riots, the prison population has gone up by more than 1,000.

  • 29 Aug 2011
  • From the section UK