'Prisons are bursting at the seams, while crime rates appear to be falling. It doesn't make sense'
I hate to come over all law and order on you all but is it possible that criminals being locked up might have something to do with crime rates falling? I came across the puzzling styatement above whilst pootling about the Guardian website.
I daresay it's all a bit of a short term fix, as far as I can tell prison appears to be a bit of a failure most of the time as a deterrent, a punishment or as a means of rehabilitation. Still it's encouraging stuff, all we need to do now is address the misuse of the prison system as a dumping ground for the mentally ill, the high rates of illiteracy, rampant prison drug abuse, overcrowding, gang violence and general mayhem that passes for prison life and make prison more effective. Unless of course there is some value in allowing violent, drug addled nutters to meet lots of other violent drug addled nutters from all over the country and carry on pretty much as they do outside.