why is is not a deterrent
OK one for the brave, who has ever been in jail, what was it like and would it deter anyone, not looking to start poking fun at people just genuinely curious
i have been in prison but not as an inmate. I worked in two: once as a labourer, building an extra wing on a prison and the second time as a drama worker. doing drama workshops with the prisoners. I know at least two of those who took part have gone on to be full-time actors. some others keep in touch.
I also work as a Children's Panel member and have also been in several secure units. They are comfortable but bleak. The real thing I took away from these places was my admiration for many of the employees. They were stars.
My oh spent some time inside (months). Visiting was fecking awful, really, really creepy.... The solidity of the doors is just ick... When they close it's a very final thud....
He's not been back.... make what you will of that.
I'm awaiting the first person to mention colour televisions and hotels...
yep..... but never in this country
I, personally, am a supporter of offering prisoners a humane experience in prison. I have seen the benefit of investing in creative and vocational programmes to help those without education or opportunity and there is a degree of evidence that it reduces re-offending.
howeverrrrrr, I am aware that there isn't a bottomless pit of money, and it is difficult to justify that position when a prisoner's meal costs double that which we offer to our children in schools, and law-abiding citizens are shelling out to pay for courses etc that prisoners get for free.
And, it is even MORE difficult to justify that position to someone whose granny has been mugged, or car stolen, or worse.
Prison rarely does anybody any good, but I do concede that the general public must be able to feel that society is willing to punish those who have acted criminally against them.
like in shawshank
i'll check it out. thanks emmy.
Not one who has been in the nick in this country, for the statisticians that clearly proves that running keeps you out of jail.
Agree with Johnny I think most jail issues stem for some sort of mental illness, and I agree that doesn't mean bad, but in my opinion people have a greater right to protection than they have to be treated lightly,
I am in the 'give them bread and water and whip the soles of their feet' camp.
funnily enougth im split in opinion with LIVERBIRD and others on this one.
yes they should be made to feel like prison is not a nice place to deter them from going back but its also sometimes such a spur of the moment thing that puts them there in the first place.
the ones that go out looking to murder someone should be in there and locked up and key thrown away.
others need to be re-abilitated but its clearly not working for them. so who is to blame for that one? you cant always blame the prisoners.
the ones that come out and live a better educated life are the real prison system.
It's very difficult, this subject. The Guardian ran a long series of very good articles about prison life by a guy under the pseudonym Erwin James. He was in prison for murder, I think committed during a robbery. He got released after serving 20 years of a life sentence. Some would say that is wrong. Since then he's no doubt served a useful life and is a prime example of someone rehabilitated by the system. Should he have been released? I'm in two minds on it - I'm sure a lot of people will say he shouldn't have been. Clearly, a murderer deserves punishment. Clearly, he has had a degree of punishment (20 years is a long long time) an is no longer a danger to anyone and has expressed remorse many times. It's not an easy thing to make one's mind up over, and all I can say is that I see both sides of it all.
You must have seen 'Prisoners' last night on BBC1. If not, see it on iPlayer. Illustrates this perfectly.
BTW, my mother shopped me to the police and had me locked up.
I have to admit I actually did get sent to jail once.
(but then threw a double six so it wasn't too bad!)
Bruce C wrote (see)
I have to admit I actually did get sent to jail once. (but then threw a double six so it wasn't too bad!)
Outstanding!!!! But did it stop you re-offending?
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