Authentic Face of Crime?
The argument that prison is the answer to tackling re-offending is flawed (Daily Express, Opinion, 24 November). Most offenders who serve short prison sentences re-offend once they are released. This revolving door between prison and the community is a scandalous waste of taxpayers’ money. Intensive alternatives to custody are not only tough, but they are also far more effective when it comes to cutting re-offending. If we really want to cut crime, we need to accept that locking people behind bars for a few months, simply doesn’t work.