A new initiative is being launched today called Prison Works. Its website is HERE. Its aim is to counter the leftist position taken up by the Howard League for Penal Reform. Prison Works is dedicated to analysing what's wrong with the prison system and how it can be improved to be an effective tool against crime.
I have fairly radical views about prison, probably not all of which Prison Works would endorse. I think we should radically reappraise who we send to prison. It seems to me that we should concentrate our efforts on imprisoning those who are a danger to society and to individuals. We should be looking to find other ways of punishing those who are not violent. Prison must still be the ultimate deterrent but I see absolutely no point in sending someone to prison for some crimes when a substantial financial penalty, imposing a curfew and/or lengthy community service would be far more effective - and less costly to the taxpayer. This would then mean that we have more prison places available for those who should be serving lengthy sentences.
Discuss. Calmly, please.