The Youth Crime Debate

Have you ever felt nervous when passing a group of hooded youths on the high street? As the youth of today get more and more out of control, the debate over what to do with them gets more intense. Various plans by many successive governments, all of whom have promised to be “Tough on Crime”, have sadly failed to reduce youth crime.

Our Violent Youth

We have now reached a “Catch 22” situation, where the cost of keeping people behind bars has risen to the extent that the government is looking for ways to reduce still further custodial sentences in an effort to save money, while figures show the rate of re-offending by short term prisoners is on the rise.

In December last year the National Audit Office (NAO) released figures showing that 60% of prisoners who served less than a 12 months jail term re-offended, while only 18% of those inmates serving more than 4 years committed new crimes.

Re-Offending Rates From The NAO.

To me, the figures are clear. A longer sentence is more of a dissuader than a short one.

Home From Home!

British jails have become a ‘home from home’ for inmates, readily likened to a 5 star hotel instead of a place of punishment. Each prisoner has his own TV and music centre with plenty of recreation time in which to play snooker, table tennis, chess or in fact anything else that takes their fancy. They lounge around for most of the day in a life that many would find far better than their own on ‘the outside’. There is little incentive to become constructive members of society despite what the Barmy Brigade (Human Rights gang) tell us.

Is This The Future? How About Some Dancing Girls Too!

Prisoners in british jails have no sense that they are being punished for crimes committed, except for the fact that their freedom of movement has been temporarily suspended. To me this is wrong!

It has always been my conviction that jail time should be something feared by criminals. The jail regime should be so hard that no-one would ever want to go back. This system has worked for centuries until the Barmy Brigade started to gain major influence on the prison system under Labour.

Something No-one Forgets In A Hurry.

Young offenders such as we see today would have received the birch for petty crimes and a ruthless custodial sentence with hard labour for anything more. For premeditated murder you would have been ‘hanged by the neck until dead’ as the saying goes. Say what you like about it, but it was a great dissuader.

Today we are seeing more emphasis on not punishing offenders, but ‘trying to get them to change their ways’. The Police Foundation and Justice have just announced they do not want to see youth criminals sent to jail, but submit to conferencing with victims, parents and advisors’! What a load of bullshit!

I can just imagine it: “Advisor; “Now you know you have been a naughty boy so say sorry to your victims parents”. Youth: “OK. I’m sorry. Can I go now?” Advisor: “Alright, but just see you don’t kill anyone else”. End of story!

Conference This Lot!

Now that I am sure that will (not) put wayward youth back on the path of righteousness!

Criminals laugh at today’s justice system, and rightly so because it has become a joke. Now the emphasis is on so-called ‘Community Sentencing’ in which offenders are given the chance to work off their debt to society by working in the community.

Reports have shown that in the majority of cases these people rarely turn up for the work they are supposed to do, and there is such a shortage of supervisory staff that they get away with it. In many cases the supervisors cannot even be bothered to follow up on delinquents.

If anyone killed or even injured someone dear to me, I would want to see them banged up for a very long time in a prison that had the harshest of regimes. It would interest me little to hear a killer apologise. Sorry just doesn’t cut it!

It is high time prisoners were relieved of all their ‘home from home’ gadgets and TV’s and made to sleep in a cell with just the bare necessities, i.e. a bed, a toilet, and washbasin. An end should be brought to the idle hours and they should be made to work 48 hours a week just like you and me. I don’t care what it is they do, manufacture number plates or mailbags as in the past or whatever else, but work they must.

…And It Costs Less Too!!

With all the emphasis on what it costs to house a prisoner in today’s jails, £55,000 per prisoner with an annual total of £11 billion, it should be obvious even to the most dim politician that if we take away all the prisoners ‘goodies’ we could save billions. Why should the tax payer pay for all the amenities provided to prisoners. It’s obscene! Plus of course, they would help pay for their keep by the work they are doing every day.

It is not until we put the fear of God into these individuals that the crime rate will drop, and no amount of pussy-footing with criminals will get them back onto the right path.

Will it ever happen? Not on your life!

Roy.

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