Sunday 21 January 2018

Crime and punishment

•As sure as morning will arrive, the numbers entering the prison system continue to rise. A total of 17,170 committals last year bears testament to that fact.

So what happens now? Tinkering with parole and early release will actually see a growth in crime. The deterrent is gone, the incentive to stop committing crime, already wafer thin, will now disappear.

We know that, as currently operated, prison does not work, primarily due to a chronic lack of space. We also know from international studies, particularly in the UK, that welfare-based ideals of community work are a dismal failure. Those involved in performing the work and those supervising it admit that it revolves mainly around long tea breaks and arguments over what actually should be done and how it should be done.

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