A cheap vote winner with moronic citizens is being tough on crime and harsh on criminals, it’s a gimmie that gets all the hardliners salivating and the person in the street feeling safer.
It is of course, a load of old tosh.
Locking people up is not the answer, never has been, prison’s were invented to hold those deemed unredeemable rather than everyone from murderers through to blackmailers, thieves and those unable to pay their debts. But throwing people away and into gaol makes for easy political fodder and all that camp, fervent, tough on crime nonsense while no effort is made on the extenuating circumstances that prompt people to commit crime; mainly poverty, which is not so headline friendly and a lot harder to crack.
The obsession with criminalising behaviour by UK legislators means that the prison service is set to implode, with no cells for new convicts and no holding cells in courts and police stations (as they are full of convicts) so that new offenders have no where to be held and those on bail and who can’t meet it, will have to walk free as the inn is quite clearly full. As I type, the liminal point in cell allocation is being reached with the balance being only 400 or so in the black.
The UK prison service is now reaching breaking point as the number of prisoners in England and Wales reached an all time high of 80,846 and all to feed the political machine and the worrisome electorate with the crime and punishment biscuit. Which right now must taste pretty crappy.
This is the consequence of the drive to throw people away and not deal with the foundations of crime or effective rehabilitation techniques. It seems that as each days goes on we draw closer to our allies in America, both in military aims and social policy.
What next? Making everyone pay for health treatment and the death penalty?