July 16th, 2011

Where money is king

Posted in The Job - General by 200

It’s not only the police who are being handicapped by current drastic funding cuts. The government have announced this week that they are closing 2 prisons and selling 8 others in a bid to cut a whacking 25% off their budget.

No wonder Kenneth Clarke wants to let everyone out of prison if the plead guilty. Whilst there is room for debate on the efficacy of imprisonment and who should be sent to prison, there can be no doubt that some people need locking up.

However, it would appear that the government’s approach is not about doing the right thing for society, whatever that ‘right thing’  is, it is about how can we save cash.  Trying to correct the behaviour of  a few hundred thousand people costs money, without investment in in programmes which firstly remove law abiding citizens from risk and secondly change the mindset of those people creating the risk, merely condemns society to an unending circle of repetition.

The closure of HMP Latchmere House and HMP Brockhill will save the country nearly £11.5 million a year & reduce the available prison spaces by 377.

The solution cannot be sought when the overriding factor appears to be how many noughts there are on the financial spread sheet. The government deny it’s about money, spouting forth the mantra about their decision being based on the ability to “balance the need to increase efficiency”.

My arse.

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5 comments

  1. jaded says:

    As much as I hate ambulance chasers I would love to see one of them take on a case when a scumbag has been released ridiculously early and then kills someone else and sue the Home Office.Let’s see if that would save money in the long run if they were accountable for all the actions of criminals they are releasing early.

    July 17th, 2011 at 11:13

  2. Fed up with this siht says:

    If i’m not mistaken they made the Prison Service submit a tender along side the private companies to run the prisons that are due to go private.
    Plainly private companies do not provide pension rights, terms and conditions let alone pay scales on a par with HMPS so it was a done deal.
    this is the future for a number of police functions , mark my words.

    July 17th, 2011 at 11:13

  3. Tony F says:

    “Whilst there is room for debate on the efficacy of imprisonment and who should be sent to prison, there can be no doubt that some people need locking up.” There’s also no doubt that some should be executed too.

    July 17th, 2011 at 16:31

  4. Dan H. says:

    What needs to be done is a Total Cost Analysis. If you let out a burgling fuckwit early, how much does the damage he causes cost as opposed to the cost of warehousing the muppet for a bit longer? We all know that prison doesn’t reform a lot of these criminals; short of execution for persistent criminals, almost nothing works to reform them. We are therefore in the business of warehousing morons where they can cost society the least possible amount of harm.

    So, Total Cost Analysis. Set all sentences to run consecutively, and add in some form of persistent criminality multiplier or some means by which judges are forced to jail the persistent ones for longer than the minor ones. Do that and pretty soon the most prolific offenders will be spending much of their lives in the Greybar Hotel.

    July 18th, 2011 at 10:19

  5. Plodnomore says:

    If only the political cretins (supposedly) in charge of this ever declining country would have the guts to implement the old military prison style of custody, I believe that recidivism would decline. Everyone started their sentence with no privileges – no radios or TVs in their cells; no wearing of their own clothes; cell and kit inspectionst; etc. they had to be gradually earned by good behaviour and obeying the rules. If they do so, the first part of their sentence – the punishment – is replaced by preparing them to return to society. The automatic 50% reduction is disregarded and, again, has to be earned. Very few people who experienced a military prison wanted to return. I know I didn’t!

    July 19th, 2011 at 19:27

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