OPINION

Avoiding a criminal mistake

The recent amendment proposed by the Justice Ministry to lessen prison sentences for convicts serving long terms has prompted a great deal of controversy from many different sides — and not without good reason.

On a daily basis Greece?s poorly paid police officers are faced with dangerous criminals who systematically make use of all the loopholes in the country?s legal system so that they can get out of jail before they have served their full sentence — only to return to a path of lawlessness as soon as they are granted their freedom.

Combating overcrowding in the country?s detention centers cannot possibly be used as an excuse to release violent criminals who have only served a fraction of their sentences.

The government must take into serious consideration the strong objections that have recently been put forward by the police as well as many MPs, and then withdraw the controversial proposal, which will only play into the hands of dangerous criminals.