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83% of Irish people want longer sentences for violent criminals

Ciara Killeen
Ciara Killeen

Irish people have had enough of ‘slap on the wrist’ sentencing according to a survey carried out by polling company Ireland Thinks.

The Irish Daily Mail reports that 83 per cent of the 1,200 people surveyed wanted violent thugs locked up for longer.

The research shows that 91 per cent of people aged over 65 were in favour of longer sentences, while 93 per cent of those aged between 45-54, wanted more jail time for violent offenders.

The majority of people aged 18-24 wanted longer sentences, with 72 per cent in favour of increased prison terms.

In Ireland someone caught with more than €13,000 worth of drugs faces a mandatory 10-year-sentence, however there are no such guidelines for violent assaults, domestic violence or sex attacks.

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