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Boris Johnson vows to bring back ‘chain gangs’

Boris Johnson has promised to bring back “chain gangs” as a deterrent for antisocial behaviour.

The prime minister said there was “no reason” why offenders should not be forced to wear high-vis jackets while carrying out unpaid work. It would ensure they were “visibly paying their debt to society,” he said.

He referred to them as “fluorescent-jacketed chain gangs” in a move that is likely to cause controversy due to their historical use in the southern US states and the convict era of Australia. Johnson was speaking during a visit to Surrey police headquarters with Priti Patel, the home secretary, to mark the government’s new “Beating Crime Plan”.

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