Saturday, March 26, 2011
I recall, not long ago, when Ken Clarke was declaiming about the "rehabilitation revolution" and, particularly, the dream of giving prisoners genuine work and training.
That was at the Tory Party Conference. The Green Paper later issued is a miserable, threadbare version. It is a travesty, lacking in either aspiration or inspiration for genuine change.
What is planned for us is more work. Not good, useful work though - only work that won't be done by workers outside prison. There is no interest in enforcing minimum wage legislation in prisons. Added together, this is an invitation for companies to use prisoners as cheap labour to do work no-one with a choice would touch.
This, it seems, it meant to help us inculcate a "work ethic". Um, slave labour and the "work ethic" are hardly good bedfellows, except in the feeble minds of Ministry of Justice bureaucrats. It is insulting.
Added to this, a chunk of our meagre wage will be subtracted at source to be put into some Victims Fund. So...more crap work for crap money, on pains of punishment, with some money also being taken from us.
As now, it will be possible to serve a lengthy prison sentence and leave having learned no useful skill and without a pot to
If this is part of the Rehabilitation Revolution, it's time the sans-culottes put the cover back on the guillotine and buggered off home. It was a false alarm - no change is happening.
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