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What Do We Want From Our Prisons?

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Message 1 - posted by Astro, Mar 4, 2008

Punishment or rehabilitation? 65% of prisoners reoffend within 12 months so does the argument for rehabilitation stand?

A large proportion of prisoners are sentenced to 12 months or less – can rehabilitation be achieved in that time span?

Can you force people to become rehabilitated by attending courses and counselling?

In countries where they have capital punishment, crime still occurs so is this indicative that punishment won’t work?
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Message 2 - posted by witchymummy, Mar 4, 2008

In order to change ourselves for whatever reason we have to actively want to change.

You cannot force someone to change just by making them go on a course - they will still be the same person after it has finished. They will only change if they decide to do it for themselves and accept all help offered.
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Message 3 - posted by pompomwhiting, Mar 4, 2008

I think that the Youth Offender Man on the Daily politics is right. Prison is not a good learning environment.

Pom thinks that they are a good refuge for the disaffected.
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Message 4 - posted by Astro, Mar 4, 2008

Very true pom - like the man who refused to leave his single cell, in case he lost it, to go to court for sentencing! The judge gave him an extra 8 months for that - excellent -but, if he felt that cosy and comfy that he could refuse to attend court (he was dragged there in the end apparently), isn't there something wrong with the scenario? Shouldn't he hate being in there?
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Message 5 - posted by Lah, Mar 4, 2008

I think prisons should be made to be unbearable enough to discourage people from wanting to ever return, people are not bothered about going to prison cos they are cosy and comfy.
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Message 6 - posted by DerbyAndProud, Mar 4, 2008

Prison should be reserved for the worse criminal only, murderers, violent offenders, child abusers etc, and should be so unpleasant they should never want to go back again.

There should be a far more effective and strictly enforced community punishment system for lesser crimes. At least if some stupid petty criminal was made to give up his time by doing something of use (even if it is "only" sweeping streets) we, the law abiding majority, would get something back from the criminal scum.

There will always be those who will reoffend no matter how you punish them. Give 'em three strikes then lock 'em up for good.
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Message 7 - posted by pompomwhiting, Mar 4, 2008

I would have opted for a prison sentence when I received my driving ban Lah. Those words of that obnoxious lawyer are ringing in my ears. "you should want to need to drive, your husband is disabled isn't he?" !!!!!!!!!!!!

All Pom wanted was someone to tell her she wasn't a dangerous driver. Has hot sweats at the thought of all the people she had transported during her driving life. Including precious little children.
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Message 8 - posted by Astro, Mar 4, 2008

Do you know Derby, one criminal was mentioned in the programme and it was stated that he had saved £20,000 from his earnings whilst he was in prison!! Some said that the earnings of prisoners should be paid back into the community where they committed the crime but, apparently, this contravenes their human rights and would cause trouble with prisoners refusing to do any work.

Makes me think of the Soft Parents' thread <erm>
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