Does prison work?


Asks Will Self…in his article…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/magazine-15196517

Well… I heard a similar question on radio 4’s debate program ‘The Moral Maze’… One speaker had 25-years under his belt as a probation officer and shocked the panel by stating criminals couldn’t be rehabilitated and prisons font work…for offenders…

He went on to say that in his experience only those that want to change can do so…

As to prison… Short sentences just don’t work… Only long ones do the trick for most people…by long I mean 7-10 years…

6-months is a waste of time… No time to educate etc …

I think Will has fell for the old trap…

Will everyone KNOWS prison doesn’t work for the offenders….works for the victims though…

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2 responses to “Does prison work?

  1. It does work for offenders too. Whilst in prison they are unable to commit further offences. Simple but effective

  2. Apart from keeping recidivists locked up and away from the public, the current system doesn’t work. No one wants to go back to the treadmill and smashing big rocks into little rocks under a system which just brutalizes convicts and doesn’t work. The grow your own sandals, tree hugging, liberals forced in the ‘rehabilitation above all else’ system which doesn’t work and does absolutlely nothing for the re-offending statistics. What none of the (alleged) clever buggers in authority appear to have thought of is combining the two old systems – based on the old military correctional system. There is no automatic 50% reduction on a sentence once the crim passes through the gates; each prisoner starts off with NO privileges and has to conform to a set standard of behaviour before (slowly) receiving privileges. Once a certain level has been reached, THEN the rehabilitation starts. Thus, it is up to the convicts what sort of sentence they serve. As it is their choice, there is no abuse of human rights. It is so simple, I’m surprised no one has thought of it before – Oh, of course, the British military did think of this, over 40 years ago. Silly me!

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