FRESH START FOR PRISON SYSTEM

The very first step must be one of attitude by those in charge, they have to move away from profit motivated to people motivated. I have over the years spoken to, and more importantly listened to men in prison who have committed the whole range of crimes, from murder through to child sex offences to burglary and fraud and everything in between and without exception lurking behind those offences is a sad and confused man, not a monster as some would have us believe. I am not condoning their offending nor am I critcising their sentences judgments like that are for other people to make what I am suggesting is that before we can have any hope of helping the man we must strip away the decoration. Hard as it might seem we must not allow the offences to cloud our approach. As a caring society we must take a holistic approach to dealing with the man and we cannot allow weak prejudices to influence our actions.

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