Boris Johnson unveils great crime crackdown: Law and order package will focus on prison discipline, sex offences and drug use to reassure public that the PM is focused on tackling crime

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  • Prisoners who litter their cells will be forced to repair the damage done to them
  • Measures will also be taken to cut the supply of narcotics in prisons
  • PM will also order comprehensive action on drug use in society

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Boris Johnson will order prison discipline, crackdown on sex crimes and drug use next month to reassure the public that he is focused on tackling crime.

The prime minister will unveil a major law and order package as part of efforts to get back into bread and butter politics after weeks of turmoil about U-turns and squabbles.

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The government’s white paper on prisons will focus on improving discipline in prisons.

Prison governors will be empowered to give speedy punishment to the culprits of low level offences.

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The prime minister will unveil a major law and order package as part of efforts to get back into bread and butter politics after weeks of turmoil followed by U-turns and squabbles.

And under the ‘zero-tolerance’ approach, prisoners who litter their cells will be forced to repair the damage done to them. Measures will also be taken to cut the supply of narcotics in prisons.

Separately, the PM will also order a comprehensive crackdown on drug use in the society.

Sources said Mr Johnson also wants to see better protections for victims in the criminal justice system.

And there will be new efforts to increase prosecution rates for rape and sexual assault, which are shockingly low.

The prime minister is expected to unveil changes to the law to ensure that rape victims have an automatic right to testify by video link to avoid the trauma of facing their harasser in court.

The move follows a report by Victims Commissioner Dame Vera Baird which found that allowing rape victims to pre-record their evidence would avoid the scourge of coming face-to-face with their perpetrators.

The law and order package is part of a broader plan to restore the government's fortunes after allegations of looting and damaging U-turns.

The law and order package is part of a broader plan to restore the government’s fortunes after allegations of looting and damaging U-turns.

The details of the crime package are still being finalised. But sources in Whitehall said Mr Johnson was determined to improve discipline in prisons to boost rehabilitation rates.

A source said the minister wants to improve the situation as a result of which 80 per cent of crimes are currently being committed by ex-criminals.

The Prisons White Paper will include a major focus on handling low-level crimes in prisons and on using prison time to foster the skills of criminals.

Under existing disciplinary rules, it can take months in prison to deal with even minor offenses. A Whitehall source said the whole system was ‘too slow and clunky’, adding: ‘We want governors to be empowered to impose new punishments that help prisoners rehabilitate them.’

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab is also expected to use the white paper to set out measures to help criminals find jobs when they leave prison. Currently, only one in seven jailbreakers gets a job within six months.

The law and order package is part of a broader plan to restore the government’s fortunes after allegations of looting and damaging U-turns.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove will also unveil the ‘Leveling Up’ white paper next month, which will put flesh on the bones of the PM’s pledge to spread opportunity equitably across the country.

A government source said: ‘It’s been a tough two weeks but the prime minister is focusing on the government’s priorities and we have important things coming before the end of the year.’

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