The British Government intends to reduce the number of prison cells by 5,000 and cut up to 10,000 Staff. This is according to the The Times front page Story of today. Sentencing overhaul is the conduit the Government intends to use to achieve its objective. The plan seems to be all apart of the governments intention to reduce public spending. Interestingly, according to the report apart of this plan includes sending mentally ill inmates to NHS unit and sending foreign offender home to serve their sentence.
Wisdom would suggest that mentally ill patients should never spend a day in prison in the first place. On the other hand it seems unfair that persons who may have become new to a life of crime in Britain to be sent home. Perhaps what is needed is investment in social programs that seek to develop stable families, promote positive community activities and a radical reform of the type of music and television programs youngsters are exposed to.
In the mean time it seems that there must be a quick fix to the Governments financial situation. Whatever the Government finally decides it would be wise if it recognizes that reforming sentencing alone will not solve the problem of crime, much less effectively reduce expense.