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24 February 2008

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Brian Barder

Bravo! All this needs saying over and over again. Yet our politicians go on claiming, against all the evidence, that the best and only solution to prison overcrowding is to build yet more prisons, including the three proposed new 'Titan'-prisons, each holding some 2,500 prisoners. Everyone knows that a huge proportion of those now in jail ought not to be there, and that keeping them locked up does them and society far more harm than good, yet no home or justice secretary seems to be prepared to do anything about it. Shame on them.

Brian B.
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technomist

A very interesting piece. I recently did sit for the day in a Magistrate's court. Nearly every case was adjourned for reports, either to ask for one or because it had not been provided. By the time people came to have their sentence, any sense of fear or remorse in the people in the dock, who were all pleading guilty, had been replaced by a sullen boredom. One man who was a regular (he had alcoholism problems and was in rehab, but was basically a nice bloke) knew the Magistrates Clerk so well he stood chatting to her during an adjournment and they really did look like old friends. Punishing him seemed utterly pointless to me.

technomist

A very interesting piece. I recently did sit for the day in a Magistrate's court. Nearly every case was adjourned for reports, either to ask for one or because it had not been provided. By the time people came to have their sentence, any sense of fear or remorse in the people in the dock, who were all pleading guilty, had been replaced by a sullen boredom. One man who was a regular (he had alcoholism problems and was in rehab, but was basically a nice bloke) knew the Magistrates Clerk so well he stood chatting to her during an adjournment and they really did look like old friends. Punishing him seemed utterly pointless to me.

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