Sunday, September 14, 2008

Prison doesn't work?

Chris Hune, the Liberal Democrat MP, was quoted this morning on BBC News as saying that 92% of young offenders who serve two months or less go on to re-offend within two years of release.

Has he considered perhaps that the only people who get put into prison, especially for short sentences such as two months or less, are those who have been repeatedly given every possible chance to change their offending behaviour, using community sentences, fines, and every other possible rehabilitation procedure known to the authorities. Therefore, I am very surprised that only 92% go on to re-offend

Their policy is to prevent re-offending by imposing community sentences, fines and other non-prison options.

Such as those already used on those who then re-offend and eventually get sent to prison for short sentences!

How about one party actually growing a pair of testicles and stating their policy as preventing offending in the first place. Sack wasters such as Sir Ian Blair, Tarique Ghaffur, Ali Dizaei and all the other senior police (lack of) management, and let the front line officers ditch all the statistics and diversity paperwork and get on with their job properly.

As Sir Robert Peel said, "The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it."

Remember, police on the streets means offences NOT happening!