Rehabilitation of offenders

Bit of chat in chambers today about Ken Clarke’s plans to reduce prison numbers.

‘I’d say it costs more to keep a prisoner for a year than it does to train a pupil barrister,’ said BusyBody.

‘Yes, and all they learn is how to lie, thieve and generally live off the backs of honest, upstanding members of society,’ said OldSmoothie.

‘As well the little tricks which will keep them out of trouble on some ridiculous technicality or other,’ said UpTights.

‘And that’s before you add the shady network of contacts they get to tap into,’ said OldSmoothie.

‘You’re so right,’ said BusyBody. ‘I mean, how on earth can they be expected to come out as normal, well-balanced individuals with that kind of legacy?’

‘Can’t be much better for those in prison,’ said TheBusker with a wry smile.

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October 12, 2010 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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