Ex-prisoner tells Nigel Farage UK justice system ‘criminalizes mental illness’

Mark Johnson MBE thinks system is ‘lazy on crime’ and government has ‘cut dependency’

A former prisoner has denounced the UK justice system for ‘criminalising mental illness’.

Mark Johnson MBE, a former offender and drug addict, now author and founder of the charity User Voice, believes the government needs to do more to help people in prison.

Speaking on GB News’ Talking Pints ​​with Farage, Mr Johnson said: ‘We know there is this route to the criminal justice system. Politician class after political class doesn’t care and it’s actually lazy on crime.

“Some statements from the Minister of Justice and others saying that we will let you out of your cell to play a game of pool if you stop taking drugs.

“They’ve decreased the addiction, that everyone in the audience has now been touched by addiction, whether it’s alcoholism or drug addiction.

Mark Johnson MBE denounced the UK justice system

Mr Johnson in discussion with Nigel Farage

Mr Johnson in discussion with Nigel Farage

“They declined until it was that moral choice to do it.

“Alcohol bracelets and all that, they criminalize mental illness.

Mr Johnson added: ‘One in six people have a neurodiverse disease, such as Asperger’s syndrome, autism etc., we criminalize that.

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“The first point of contact you have is the police, then you go to the court which is not trained, especially the magistrates, who are not trained in mental health, not even in law in fact.

“So you have sanity, you meet the police who judge you for your behavior, they don’t assess you let alone refer you to a professional.

“You go to court which is a summary conviction of you knowing the difference between right and wrong, with no idea what your condition is, and then you are put in jail.

“At the very least you could deal with it in prison, if you had the right regime and the right environment and we don’t.

“And no one is holding the government and the probation service accountable.”