Thursday, June 9, 2011
Thanks to the Prison Reform Trust's 'Bromley Briefing' and my unblushing willingness to plagiarise, I offer you a few facts that may make you wonder if the use of imprisonment is quite rational:
7a. Cutting Crime?
Research by he Prime Ministers Strategy Unit claims that a 22% rise in the prison population has only reduced crime by some 5%.
Only half of all women on Remand in prison receive visits from their family.
97% of offenders expressed a desire to stop offending. The majority cited employment and housing as the key factors that could help them abandon crime.
Only 9% of children whose mothers are in prison are cared for by their fathers in their mother's absence.
7e. Phone Bills
Prisoners using the official payphones to call landlines are charged 9p a minute on weekdays and 8p per minute on weekends. Calling a mobile costs 20p per minute weekdays, 13p on weekends.
This is why we have a penchant for using illegal mobiles.
Nearly half of women in prison are sentenced for theft or handling stolen goods.
Does anybody ask the obvious question - is this imprisonment for non-violent crimes rational or reasonable?