Fundamental Prison Reform

Before I start, I have to make it clear: 

There are some prisoners who will never be reformed. 

There are some who cannot be released, for the safety of the public. 

There are some who shouldn’t be released, due to the nature of the crime/s. 

Having said all that, apart from keeping those incarcerated away from the general public – and in that way helping to reduce crime – Prison fails miserably in its role of reforming those who repeatedly offend (those whom the general public have in mind, when they use the word ‘criminal’) 

So what’s wrong? 

For all the ‘offending behaviour’ courses – nothing changes. Because they have never learned … how to learn.  ‘Offending behaviour’ courses – to those who really need them –  are like trying to teach a ten year old the theory of relativity – in a foreign language. 

Many will take on a GCSE course, hoping to turn around their lives. Sadly, out of 40 or so pupils who sign up for a GCSE English course, maybe ten will finished it and pass. Of that ten, I doubt more than two will actually need it. Most will be relatively successful in their lives outside, having been convicted relatively late in life, after being involved in one-off offences. 

The other 30 who will have dropped out, are the ones who did need it. But they’ll invariably suffer from short attention spans; poor concentration. They’ll become bored because they can’t overcome even the most trivial obstacles, and feel they’re being left behind. Then they’ll try and regain control and save face – by storming out and quitting. Then the cycle of failure – poor self image – low expectations – re-offending becomes reinforced. 

Suppose that, instead of the ridiculous and easily manipulated route to parole or early release being gained by ‘showing remorse’ (For all the good that does anyone?) the early release – or parole, for sentences of 4 years and over – was earned – by the gaining of useful qualifications that would stand them in good stead with an employer – particularly GCSE English and GCSE Maths. 

And to make it a goal worth aiming for – alter the time of parole/early release earned proportional to the level of qualification achieved, from a minimum of, say, one third (less than that awarded now) up to a maximum of two thirds, (More than it is now) and as it was prior to the changes made in 1992  (which did little to reduce crime.)

Why is this idea important?

Before I start, I have to make it clear: 

There are some prisoners who will never be reformed. 

There are some who cannot be released, for the safety of the public. 

There are some who shouldn’t be released, due to the nature of the crime/s. 

Having said all that, apart from keeping those incarcerated away from the general public – and in that way helping to reduce crime – Prison fails miserably in its role of reforming those who repeatedly offend (those whom the general public have in mind, when they use the word ‘criminal’) 

So what’s wrong? 

For all the ‘offending behaviour’ courses – nothing changes. Because they have never learned … how to learn.  ‘Offending behaviour’ courses – to those who really need them –  are like trying to teach a ten year old the theory of relativity – in a foreign language. 

Many will take on a GCSE course, hoping to turn around their lives. Sadly, out of 40 or so pupils who sign up for a GCSE English course, maybe ten will finished it and pass. Of that ten, I doubt more than two will actually need it. Most will be relatively successful in their lives outside, having been convicted relatively late in life, after being involved in one-off offences. 

The other 30 who will have dropped out, are the ones who did need it. But they’ll invariably suffer from short attention spans; poor concentration. They’ll become bored because they can’t overcome even the most trivial obstacles, and feel they’re being left behind. Then they’ll try and regain control and save face – by storming out and quitting. Then the cycle of failure – poor self image – low expectations – re-offending becomes reinforced. 

Suppose that, instead of the ridiculous and easily manipulated route to parole or early release being gained by ‘showing remorse’ (For all the good that does anyone?) the early release – or parole, for sentences of 4 years and over – was earned – by the gaining of useful qualifications that would stand them in good stead with an employer – particularly GCSE English and GCSE Maths. 

And to make it a goal worth aiming for – alter the time of parole/early release earned proportional to the level of qualification achieved, from a minimum of, say, one third (less than that awarded now) up to a maximum of two thirds, (More than it is now) and as it was prior to the changes made in 1992  (which did little to reduce crime.)

Removal of Parental Responsibilty for Long term Prisoners

Civil liberties gone mad, in the eyes of the law no matter what you do you will unless your child is put up for adoption have responsibilty for your child.

This means you can abuse children be prosecuted and still have parental responsibilty, you can murder somebody, rape somebody and god knows what else but it would never be removed.

This means a child or a partner who has endured years of abuse still has to seek permission to take there child out of the country by somebody who is in prison, the only steps you can have put in place are no contact orders and prohibitive steps order, even then if you were to leave the country for longer than a month you would have to still seek permission from the other parent who could be more of a danger to the childs well being.

Your liberties are taken away when you goto prison and i feel if it is a long term sentence parental responsibility should be removed especially if the imprisoned parent is not released until after the child is of adult age.

Why is this idea important?

Civil liberties gone mad, in the eyes of the law no matter what you do you will unless your child is put up for adoption have responsibilty for your child.

This means you can abuse children be prosecuted and still have parental responsibilty, you can murder somebody, rape somebody and god knows what else but it would never be removed.

This means a child or a partner who has endured years of abuse still has to seek permission to take there child out of the country by somebody who is in prison, the only steps you can have put in place are no contact orders and prohibitive steps order, even then if you were to leave the country for longer than a month you would have to still seek permission from the other parent who could be more of a danger to the childs well being.

Your liberties are taken away when you goto prison and i feel if it is a long term sentence parental responsibility should be removed especially if the imprisoned parent is not released until after the child is of adult age.

Rehabilitation in prison

All prosons should have a rehabilitation centre to enable the prisoners to try and get help for the cries they have commited. Giving prisoners this opportunity would allow them to realise what they did was wrong and then as they spend there time serving for what they did they can learn the wrongs and rights , in hope that this will prevent future reofending as this is a major issue for britains prisoners.

Also, prisoners should study or leanr manual skills whilst serving their time so that when they are relieved from prison they have the right qualifications to do well if lie which could just be enough to turn around someone and give them hope that even though they messed up now they can do something in their life. Also, by completing such work in prison it will show future employers that yes thy spent time in prison but they have been reformed and now want to make something of their life instead of going on benifits and then returning to a life of crime.

Why is this idea important?

All prosons should have a rehabilitation centre to enable the prisoners to try and get help for the cries they have commited. Giving prisoners this opportunity would allow them to realise what they did was wrong and then as they spend there time serving for what they did they can learn the wrongs and rights , in hope that this will prevent future reofending as this is a major issue for britains prisoners.

Also, prisoners should study or leanr manual skills whilst serving their time so that when they are relieved from prison they have the right qualifications to do well if lie which could just be enough to turn around someone and give them hope that even though they messed up now they can do something in their life. Also, by completing such work in prison it will show future employers that yes thy spent time in prison but they have been reformed and now want to make something of their life instead of going on benifits and then returning to a life of crime.

Prisoners To Do Charity Work

I believe it would be a good idea to give prisoners the option of reducing their sentance a little, if they manage to achieve a set amount of charity work. This may involve producing hand made nets for protecting crops, making useful tools, tents or cultivating plants for example.

Why is this idea important?

I believe it would be a good idea to give prisoners the option of reducing their sentance a little, if they manage to achieve a set amount of charity work. This may involve producing hand made nets for protecting crops, making useful tools, tents or cultivating plants for example.

Prison should primarily be a Punishment and once completed a course for Rehabilitation

Prisoners seem to get off far too easily in the modern system.  I belive there should be a 2-stage approach to prison, stage 1 is punishment (say 75% of the term), stage 2 is rehab (say 25% of the term).

At present criminals don't receive the punishment section!!  If they don't get off completely, they get reduced term sentences; all whilst the victim / victims family still suffer the grief.  Criminals should pay for their actions.  All assets (subject to it not affecting any dependents) should be seized by the state, sold and the money paid to the victim and paid towards their stay in prison.

Prisons should operate a work system whereby dependent on the prisoners classing (low / medium / high security) they should be required to tend to there own crops for a portion of the food they eat, work on local farms, work in chain gangs, work for the community picking up litter, we could even re-open and get them working down the coal mines!!  Things that could earn the prison as a whole money, money that can be used to pay for it's running costs.  Why should the taxpayer be forced to fund some low-life child rapist? Why should the taxpayer pay for that said rapist to have a satelite tv, a pool table, brand new gym equipment and 'excercise time', state of the art facilities etc.  These are criminals and should be punished for what they have done.

Once the punishment sentence is over, the rehabilitation process can begin.  This last 25% of their term in prison can be used to teach them, GCSE's, Diploma's, Trades etc. This can give them some self-respect and through this community respect.

Why is this idea important?

Prisoners seem to get off far too easily in the modern system.  I belive there should be a 2-stage approach to prison, stage 1 is punishment (say 75% of the term), stage 2 is rehab (say 25% of the term).

At present criminals don't receive the punishment section!!  If they don't get off completely, they get reduced term sentences; all whilst the victim / victims family still suffer the grief.  Criminals should pay for their actions.  All assets (subject to it not affecting any dependents) should be seized by the state, sold and the money paid to the victim and paid towards their stay in prison.

Prisons should operate a work system whereby dependent on the prisoners classing (low / medium / high security) they should be required to tend to there own crops for a portion of the food they eat, work on local farms, work in chain gangs, work for the community picking up litter, we could even re-open and get them working down the coal mines!!  Things that could earn the prison as a whole money, money that can be used to pay for it's running costs.  Why should the taxpayer be forced to fund some low-life child rapist? Why should the taxpayer pay for that said rapist to have a satelite tv, a pool table, brand new gym equipment and 'excercise time', state of the art facilities etc.  These are criminals and should be punished for what they have done.

Once the punishment sentence is over, the rehabilitation process can begin.  This last 25% of their term in prison can be used to teach them, GCSE's, Diploma's, Trades etc. This can give them some self-respect and through this community respect.