Baby P was just 17 months old when he was found dead in his cot in 2009.
He had at least 50 injuries, including a broken back, broken tibia and missing fingernail.
His mother – Tracey Connelly – was at least five years in prison for her son being or was being tortured to death by her lover and his brother.
Yesterday Connelly got the green light to leave prison.
I want Sun readers to know that I will do whatever it takes to change this.
And that I’ll ask the parole board – who have decided she’s no longer a danger to the public – to reconsider.
When they allowed her release in 2013, she was back behind bars less than two years later on online sex allegations.
Releasing her was the wrong approach then, and it still is today.
No newspaper has done more than The Sun to draw attention to such cases, tell the victims’ stories and seek justice. And I believe now is the time for parole board reform.
The board clears thousands of criminals for release each year. But about every two weeks, one of them commits another serious crime.
The problem is that, over the years, the release test has evolved from simply asking whether a criminal poses a risk to the public, to an exercise in balancing public safety with the offender’s rights.
Our approach is not as robust as it needs to be, especially when dealing with serious offenders. The changes I proposed to Members yesterday will change that.
First, we will replace the current clearance test with one that makes it clear that public protection comes first in the decision-making process.
Second, I want more ex-police officers with front-line experience dealing with criminals to help the parole board make better decisions.
It is striking that last year only five percent came from the Jura
Third, under our amendments, decisions to release people convicted of murder, rape, terrorism, or causing or allowing the death of a child would need to be approved by a Minister of Justice.
As Minister of Justice, I could refuse to release him if I felt it would pose a danger to the public.
Finally, we plan to give victims a stronger voice in the process, so they really feel heard and not as an afterthought in the system.
I am committed to reforming our parole system to put public safety first.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5014328/baby-p-mother-dominic-raab/ Releasing Baby P’s monster mama in 2013 was, and still is, the wrong call