Police watchdog chief blasts UK justice system as 'dysfunctional and broken'

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Police watchdog chief blasts UK justice system as 'dysfunctional and broken' and blames 'corrosive effects' of pornography for fuelling violent crime Police watchdog head says 'readily available' hardcore porn fuels violent crime Sir Thomas Winsor says our criminal justice system is 'broken and on the floor'  He says that there is a culture of prisoners believing they have nothing to lose His remarks came as prison governor says rehabilitating criminals was 'fantasy'

By Susie Coen For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:37 BST, 16 September 2019 | Updated: 01:39 BST, 16 September 2019

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The criminal justice system is 'dysfunctional, broken and on the floor', the head of the police watchdog said last night.

Sir Thomas Winsor, chief inspector of constabulary, said the amount of resources invested in preventing crime was 'inexcusably low'. 

He added that the 'corrosive effects of readily available hardcore pornography' had exacerbated a rise in violent crime.

Sir Thomas's comments came as James Bourke, the governor of HMP Winchester, said the rehabilitation of criminals was a 'fantasy'. He added that it was farcical to think a four-week prison sentence could reverse a lifetime of issues [File photo]

Sir Thomas's comments came as James Bourke, the governor of HMP Winchester, said the rehabilitation of criminals was a 'fantasy'. He added that it was farcical to think a four-week prison sentence could reverse a lifetime of issues [File photo]

Sir Thomas said prisoners were often victims of abuse and must be treated for their 'mental ill-health' in secure hospitals.

Writing in The Times, he said: 'Extraordinarily little police time is spent on [the] prevention of crime.

'Very high proportions of people in prison are unwell, uneducated, undervalued and justifiably angry. In childhood, many have suffered or

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