Comment: Education Should Be the Prisoner's Key to Freedom
Dearing, Ron, The Independent (London, England)
Late July and the chance to get away from it all! That thought brought home the reality of prison. Of course, the wrong-doer has to get his comeuppance. And some people clearly need to be kept inside for the safety of the rest of us.
But I find myself increasingly aware of the futility of a policy based primarily on punishment. We cannot afford it! The odds are above evens that the released prisoner will be convicted of another crime within two years. For a young male, the odds rise to over 70 per cent. The average cost of the proceedings in a crown court are around pounds 30,000 and the cost of holding someone in prison averages pounds 37,000 a year in running and …
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