Should prisoners pay victims from their earnings?
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said "The government believes that offenders should make reparations to victims and society for the harm they have caused". As part of the proposals, deductions would be made from prisoners' wages and paid into a fund that would support the victims of crime.
Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust, has agreed with the proposals saying "A prison sentence that combines payback to victims with a proper wage for hard work makes good sense."
Is the Victims' fund a good idea? Are the new proposals a good way for prisoners to make reparations to the victims of crime? Does the average prison wage of £8 need to be reviewed? What other ways can prisoners' recompense crime victims?
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