thought for the day
we must get away from this notion that criminals need to be punished. why should they be punished? :slno: this is an outmoded method of dealing with a person who committed a crime. they should be held in custody, preferably for a short a time as possible, so it doesn't cost too much and if when they are released, they then commit a further crime, well even then they still don't deserve punishment, instead they should be welcomed back into custody, preferably for an even shorter time than previously, so it costs even less than the first time. when released back onto the poor old UK public again, if they commit a further crime again, well - it's to be expected. the UK have a 'REVOLVING DOOR JUSTICE system,' it's not that good at actually providing justice for the UK public, but it is cheap and that's what counts :slsad:

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2014 Wormwood Scrubs: The Inside Story

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2014 Wormwood Scrubs: The Inside Story

Post by falkor » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:21 pm

Angela Levin, who worked at HMP Wormwood Scrubs for a decade, has laid bare the shocking state of the capital's prisons.
She said last October's cuts, which saw 20 per cent slashed off the prison budget, have left the system close to breaking point.

In Wormwood Scrubs, where she headed the Independent Monitoring Board for ten years, she said that over a fifth of staff had lost their jobs, leaving as little as five officers for 300 prisoners in some wings.

Ms Levin, who has written a book detailing her experiences at the west London prison, also said that at any time around a quarter of inmates were detainees waiting to be removed from the country.

She said: "London prisons are clogged up with detainees waiting to be deported, there are hundreds of them.

"They languish in the system waiting for their embassies to give them permission to be deported, and waiting for the paperwork to go through.

"They could be held in prisons in the country where it's less crowded. They haven't got family who want to visit them in London, and that would reduce the numbers being held in overstretched prisons."

Ms Levin also said that drugs are endemic in prisons, and described being offered heroin by an inmate who knew that she was an official.

She said that she and been trying to get a prison transfer for the man, who had been angry in their last encounter because he wanted to be moved north to be nearer his family ...... m o r e
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