Blue Sky Thinking

Ken Clarke, the Justice Secretary, believes it is silly to ‘warehouse’ tens of thousands of convicts and that there should be a massive cut in prison numbers.

This would appears at odds with the 1993 policy of Michael Howard that, “Prison works, ensuring that we are protected from murderers, muggers and rapists.”

No-one would argue with the incarceration of serious offenders but most people banged up at a cost of £45,000 per annum are more of a nuisance than a danger.

Many are the victims of our continued use of the failed American methods of prohibition to tackle the perceived problem of recreational drugs.

It is probably a gesture to their Lib Dem partners but none the less welcome because the doubling of our prison population in the last twenty years really is nonsensical.

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