Imprisoned Soldiers (Release).

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Kut-El-Amara. – in the House of Commons at on 9 April 1919.

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Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

The peace-time practice is that for all military offences, not involving what one might call moral turpitude from a civilian point of view, soldiers are not imprisoned, but sent to detention barracks. Therefore, they go back to the Army after serving their period of detention. Anybody who in peace-time is sentenced to imprisonment does not go back to the Army. He is turned out of the Army because of the taint of the atmosphere of the gaol. In war-time it was thought that a man should not escape from duty in the firing line by merely taking refuge, as it were, in prison, so that has been suspended. But now that fighting has stopped we have reverted to the practice of peace-time.