Crime and Punishment

The system for determining punishment for crime should have at its very heart the following bases for determining a sentence

Crimes against Human beings should carry stiffer sentences than those involving non-human crime.

i.e. a Rapist should get a longer sentence than a bank robber

It's basic, build into the system used by judges and magistrates when determining a sentence, the focus of the justice system is 180 degress wrong, it seems that if you steal something somehow the amount you steal determines the length of your sentence, this is patently wrong, the crime is theft, not how much did you steal. If the crime involved a crime against a human being, then that should be the deciding factor on length of sentence, not the fact you stole more than the guy who was in front of me earlier. 

Why is this idea important?

The system for determining punishment for crime should have at its very heart the following bases for determining a sentence

Crimes against Human beings should carry stiffer sentences than those involving non-human crime.

i.e. a Rapist should get a longer sentence than a bank robber

It's basic, build into the system used by judges and magistrates when determining a sentence, the focus of the justice system is 180 degress wrong, it seems that if you steal something somehow the amount you steal determines the length of your sentence, this is patently wrong, the crime is theft, not how much did you steal. If the crime involved a crime against a human being, then that should be the deciding factor on length of sentence, not the fact you stole more than the guy who was in front of me earlier. 

Prisoners to pay for their ‘Board and Lodgings

 

I think it would be very fair for anyone who is sent to prison to pay for their food and accommodation. This could be administered in the same way as student loans.

 

For example, if a person is sent to prison for 6 months, his punishment is being deprived of his freedom for that period. Why should tax payers pay for that persons keep whist in prison? The cost of ones ‘board and lodgings’ should be paid for by the prisoner and if funds are not available, then the monies would be lent to that person in a form of a loan. The loan would then be paid back either by money or community service after the prison term has ended.

Why is this idea important?

 

I think it would be very fair for anyone who is sent to prison to pay for their food and accommodation. This could be administered in the same way as student loans.

 

For example, if a person is sent to prison for 6 months, his punishment is being deprived of his freedom for that period. Why should tax payers pay for that persons keep whist in prison? The cost of ones ‘board and lodgings’ should be paid for by the prisoner and if funds are not available, then the monies would be lent to that person in a form of a loan. The loan would then be paid back either by money or community service after the prison term has ended.

Punish 14 year old’s and upwards as adults

I believe you should punish anyone 14 and older as adults and not as minors. These kids are growing up much faster and know exactly what they are doing when they are committing assaults, murders, rapes and burglaries.

Why is this idea important?

I believe you should punish anyone 14 and older as adults and not as minors. These kids are growing up much faster and know exactly what they are doing when they are committing assaults, murders, rapes and burglaries.

Better ways to deal with Peodophiles.

I've always been baffled by why known Peodophiles are allowed to roam the streets. Slaps on the wrists, ineffectual supervision orders, community punishments and a pointless entry in the sex offenders register seems like no protection for the public at all. Why can't these people not be taken of the streets for a very very long time as the public would want ? Whilst it is tempting to imagine institutional sympathy for nonces among the legal and social welfare professions I suspect the answer lies elsewhere. Perhaps with costs savings or a misclassication and trivialisation of the crime because no one dies ? Whatever the reasons the current system is not working.

Perhaps the answer lies not in the criminal justice system, but in the mental health system. Why are they not sectioned or declared incurable and  mentally ill. I don't think many would argue that Peodphilia is mental afflication rather than an a crime of circumstance. Treat them as Mad more than Bad and get them off the streets for good. As no one can cure a Peodophile they won't be coming back into circulation, end of.

I know this opens a can of worms as far a civil liberties, etc goes, the mental health system is not  intended as a punishment mechanism, etc; but the reality is Peodophile reoffend time after time, it is a mental disorder. For this one crime we need to take a more honest look at how it is dealt with. Stop pretending that 6 month in jail makes them a safe and fit person to re-release into society, they can't be fixed, stop trying to fool the public that they should walk amongst us.

Why is this idea important?

I've always been baffled by why known Peodophiles are allowed to roam the streets. Slaps on the wrists, ineffectual supervision orders, community punishments and a pointless entry in the sex offenders register seems like no protection for the public at all. Why can't these people not be taken of the streets for a very very long time as the public would want ? Whilst it is tempting to imagine institutional sympathy for nonces among the legal and social welfare professions I suspect the answer lies elsewhere. Perhaps with costs savings or a misclassication and trivialisation of the crime because no one dies ? Whatever the reasons the current system is not working.

Perhaps the answer lies not in the criminal justice system, but in the mental health system. Why are they not sectioned or declared incurable and  mentally ill. I don't think many would argue that Peodphilia is mental afflication rather than an a crime of circumstance. Treat them as Mad more than Bad and get them off the streets for good. As no one can cure a Peodophile they won't be coming back into circulation, end of.

I know this opens a can of worms as far a civil liberties, etc goes, the mental health system is not  intended as a punishment mechanism, etc; but the reality is Peodophile reoffend time after time, it is a mental disorder. For this one crime we need to take a more honest look at how it is dealt with. Stop pretending that 6 month in jail makes them a safe and fit person to re-release into society, they can't be fixed, stop trying to fool the public that they should walk amongst us.

Sedition – repeal New-Labour’s repeal of the death penalty for Treason

Labour changed the law around treason/sedition and the death penalty was removed for treason against the British State.

Labour signed us up to the Lisbon Constitutional Treaty which imposes the death penalty on British Nationals who oppose a Federated European Superstate.

This injustice needs to be reversed, I would ask that the coalition Government consider their oath of allegiance to the British People and reverse the reversal by Labour – while promoting a referendum on IN/OUT of Europe as previously promised by all parties and promised by Nick Clegg at the last General Election (if they were elected) … but so far not mentioned.

Why is this idea important?

Labour changed the law around treason/sedition and the death penalty was removed for treason against the British State.

Labour signed us up to the Lisbon Constitutional Treaty which imposes the death penalty on British Nationals who oppose a Federated European Superstate.

This injustice needs to be reversed, I would ask that the coalition Government consider their oath of allegiance to the British People and reverse the reversal by Labour – while promoting a referendum on IN/OUT of Europe as previously promised by all parties and promised by Nick Clegg at the last General Election (if they were elected) … but so far not mentioned.

Law and fines

If a person steals a cycle which has a value of £200, which was not recovered, he would possibly be fined £60 to be paid back to the court.

WHY NOT DO THIS – make him/her pay the whole amount £200+£60 even if it takes years

if they are getting ssp ie-£10 per month till paid, If they get employment then should be paid quicker

If it is a car costing thousands its the same- they pay for the total loss including the fine no matter if it takes 8 years etc  

Why is this idea important?

If a person steals a cycle which has a value of £200, which was not recovered, he would possibly be fined £60 to be paid back to the court.

WHY NOT DO THIS – make him/her pay the whole amount £200+£60 even if it takes years

if they are getting ssp ie-£10 per month till paid, If they get employment then should be paid quicker

If it is a car costing thousands its the same- they pay for the total loss including the fine no matter if it takes 8 years etc  

Jails are for punishment, not a holiday camp

I think the old TV series Porridge best sets out the way prisons used to be.

If you did a crime you was sent to jail as a punishment, the punishement was a removal of your luxuries, removal of your freedom, you was kept locked up to think about what you had done and hopefully deter you from doing them again.

However, todays jails are nothing more than holiday camps, people are not afarid to go to jail anymore, why not?  you get a roof over your head, you are fed very well everyday, you have a TV and playstaton in your cell, you go to the gym and work out and  get fit so you dont get outrun by the police next time.

Seriously am I the only person who is appauled by this??

Being sent to jail is punishment for a crime you commited against society and the convicted should be made to feel that they are being punnished, today they feel they are being rewarded.

Why is this idea important?

I think the old TV series Porridge best sets out the way prisons used to be.

If you did a crime you was sent to jail as a punishment, the punishement was a removal of your luxuries, removal of your freedom, you was kept locked up to think about what you had done and hopefully deter you from doing them again.

However, todays jails are nothing more than holiday camps, people are not afarid to go to jail anymore, why not?  you get a roof over your head, you are fed very well everyday, you have a TV and playstaton in your cell, you go to the gym and work out and  get fit so you dont get outrun by the police next time.

Seriously am I the only person who is appauled by this??

Being sent to jail is punishment for a crime you commited against society and the convicted should be made to feel that they are being punnished, today they feel they are being rewarded.

Referendum on Capital and Corporal Punishment.

I have just watched your message at the front of the page, and for you to say that you will definitely not re-introduce the Death Penalty and Corporal Punishment, really is going against what this website is for really.

You can't just ask people for their views and then when they do produce their views just shove it to one side because you don't like it.

You are a representative of the nation, and these two penalties were taken away without the proper consultation of the general public.

With your own admissions, the prisons are full to bursting, and we are not in a postion to keep building new ones.

The most dangerous view that is being put forward by Kenneth Clarke is to release some prisoners for community service.

The problem with that is the person is not being punished. The law is a laughing stock, because criminals know that they will only get a slapped wrist and don't do it again routine. The next minute, there is another victim of crime by the same prisioner you let out early.

How many people should be brutally attacked, or even murdered, before the government sits up and takes notice that this shouldn't be happening in our society.

People should be able to walk down the street without fearing attack. The blight that the illegal drugs has on the effect on not just the users and families, but of neighbourhoods, with people afraid to the shops, or being afraid of waking up with a man stood over your bed with a machettee, because he is looking for someone that he is going to either maim or murder.

Prisons help to stop these criminals from terrorising our country, however with there not being enough room within prison, you are letting others free to cause mayham again.

With cutbacks looming with the Police and frontline services, people are being left vunerable, and they cannot take the law into their own hands.

Will the public be consulted about the laws you are repealing?

Why is this idea important?

I have just watched your message at the front of the page, and for you to say that you will definitely not re-introduce the Death Penalty and Corporal Punishment, really is going against what this website is for really.

You can't just ask people for their views and then when they do produce their views just shove it to one side because you don't like it.

You are a representative of the nation, and these two penalties were taken away without the proper consultation of the general public.

With your own admissions, the prisons are full to bursting, and we are not in a postion to keep building new ones.

The most dangerous view that is being put forward by Kenneth Clarke is to release some prisoners for community service.

The problem with that is the person is not being punished. The law is a laughing stock, because criminals know that they will only get a slapped wrist and don't do it again routine. The next minute, there is another victim of crime by the same prisioner you let out early.

How many people should be brutally attacked, or even murdered, before the government sits up and takes notice that this shouldn't be happening in our society.

People should be able to walk down the street without fearing attack. The blight that the illegal drugs has on the effect on not just the users and families, but of neighbourhoods, with people afraid to the shops, or being afraid of waking up with a man stood over your bed with a machettee, because he is looking for someone that he is going to either maim or murder.

Prisons help to stop these criminals from terrorising our country, however with there not being enough room within prison, you are letting others free to cause mayham again.

With cutbacks looming with the Police and frontline services, people are being left vunerable, and they cannot take the law into their own hands.

Will the public be consulted about the laws you are repealing?

Allow “previous history” to be fully taken into consideration when sentencing

At present, when a judge decides a sentence for an offender, only previous *related* offences are taken into consideration.

Thus, for instance, if the current crime being judged is for car theft, a previous history of convictions for shoplifting or housebreaking or assault is not taken into consideration because these are not considered relevant to car theft.

A single person can become an entire crime wave, yet still get off with nothing more than a trivial punishment for each crime, as long as they remain *unrelated* to each other.

Which seems pretty daft to me, and shows that justice in this country is aimed more at raising revenue for the government than setting the standards that people should live by.

Why is this idea important?

At present, when a judge decides a sentence for an offender, only previous *related* offences are taken into consideration.

Thus, for instance, if the current crime being judged is for car theft, a previous history of convictions for shoplifting or housebreaking or assault is not taken into consideration because these are not considered relevant to car theft.

A single person can become an entire crime wave, yet still get off with nothing more than a trivial punishment for each crime, as long as they remain *unrelated* to each other.

Which seems pretty daft to me, and shows that justice in this country is aimed more at raising revenue for the government than setting the standards that people should live by.

Introduce chemical castration for repeat sex offenders

Chemical castration should be used at the discretion of a court, and in the instance only where the accused has been found guilty of a rape or a violent sexual assault for a previous offence. This is to account for any mistakes that might have been made in one of the trials or the possibility that the accused might be found guilty when innocent.

The castration should take place only after the perpetrator has served their sentence and prior to their release. It should be be a permanent measure. 

Why is this idea important?

Chemical castration should be used at the discretion of a court, and in the instance only where the accused has been found guilty of a rape or a violent sexual assault for a previous offence. This is to account for any mistakes that might have been made in one of the trials or the possibility that the accused might be found guilty when innocent.

The castration should take place only after the perpetrator has served their sentence and prior to their release. It should be be a permanent measure. 

Community Services

For years now we have seen Courts handing out community Service Orders (None paid work in the community) but I have NEVER seen anyone actually doing any work in the community!!! Clearly the Labour do gooders did not want the criminals embarrased whilst doing their sentance, so allowed them to be out of sight to the general public.  I would, and I am sure most other people, would like to see Community Service being done IN the community.

Why is this idea important?

For years now we have seen Courts handing out community Service Orders (None paid work in the community) but I have NEVER seen anyone actually doing any work in the community!!! Clearly the Labour do gooders did not want the criminals embarrased whilst doing their sentance, so allowed them to be out of sight to the general public.  I would, and I am sure most other people, would like to see Community Service being done IN the community.

Review Sentencing Laws, Adopt American Style Sentencing

I'm not  suggesting anything like 'life should mean life' or anything to that effect.

Currently if you commit 14 crimes in Britain, each with a certain servicable sentence you get a sentence on the judges calculations. Usually this would not be anything close to what the sentence would be if all the terms were added together.

Sentencing is concurrent so when you go to prison you serve sentences for all your crimes and convictions at the same time.

I suggest adopting American sentencing policy where you serve each sentence and conviction one after the other. When one sentence/conviction ends another begins.

Why is this idea important?

I'm not  suggesting anything like 'life should mean life' or anything to that effect.

Currently if you commit 14 crimes in Britain, each with a certain servicable sentence you get a sentence on the judges calculations. Usually this would not be anything close to what the sentence would be if all the terms were added together.

Sentencing is concurrent so when you go to prison you serve sentences for all your crimes and convictions at the same time.

I suggest adopting American sentencing policy where you serve each sentence and conviction one after the other. When one sentence/conviction ends another begins.

crime and punishment

the law should be changed to bring back public flogging it should be done in such a way that anyone commiting a crime of burglary -drug trafficing -mugging -car theft ect the ones that would normally be sent to jail for short to medium terms once found gilty in court should be taken and on certain days and publicly flogged.  this would if managed properly reduce the numbers in jail – deter others from offending – and if we charge the public to watch provide much needed income just think of all the savings from this approch , but it will never happen because of all the goody goodies in power

Why is this idea important?

the law should be changed to bring back public flogging it should be done in such a way that anyone commiting a crime of burglary -drug trafficing -mugging -car theft ect the ones that would normally be sent to jail for short to medium terms once found gilty in court should be taken and on certain days and publicly flogged.  this would if managed properly reduce the numbers in jail – deter others from offending – and if we charge the public to watch provide much needed income just think of all the savings from this approch , but it will never happen because of all the goody goodies in power

Stop confiscating the State Pension from elderly prisoners

Few people are aware that elderly prisoners are deprived of the state pension to which most will have contributed for many years. Prison is not the life of luxury the newspapers would have you believe: the cost of extra food to supplement the very basic prison diet comes at highly inflated prices, as does the cost of phone calls to keep in touch with family. I have to fund my husband’s “living costs” from my own pension, as well as maintaining the family home and paying the cost of travel to prison visits, all on half our usual income. 

My husband paid into the state pension scheme for 50 years and had already been receiving his state pension for over 4 years at the time he was (wrongly) convicted. When any person is sent to prison the punishment is loss of freedom, but if that person is a pensioner he loses his freedom and his income.

The Department of Works & Pensions (DWP) say: “The Government considers that payment of benefit to prisoners is unnecessary. They are already maintained at considerable public expense and to pay benefit would amount to double provision”  and   “ Forfeiting benefit to which they may have contributed is commonly regarded as being a legitimate aspect of the punishment.”

The DWP do not explain (a) why a pension to which the recipient has contributed for many years is classed as a “benefit”, nor (b) why the elderly are the only group of prisoners forced to pay a huge fine imposed by the government in addition to the sentence imposed by the Court

This is not a minor problem. Men aged 60 and over is the fastest growing age group coming to prison, an increase of 145% between 1998 and 2008. For many it is for the first time, and they have already paid full contributions for the pension now denied to them. This is not “double provision”, it is “double punishment” and blatant discrimination against the old and vulnerable.

Why is this idea important?

Few people are aware that elderly prisoners are deprived of the state pension to which most will have contributed for many years. Prison is not the life of luxury the newspapers would have you believe: the cost of extra food to supplement the very basic prison diet comes at highly inflated prices, as does the cost of phone calls to keep in touch with family. I have to fund my husband’s “living costs” from my own pension, as well as maintaining the family home and paying the cost of travel to prison visits, all on half our usual income. 

My husband paid into the state pension scheme for 50 years and had already been receiving his state pension for over 4 years at the time he was (wrongly) convicted. When any person is sent to prison the punishment is loss of freedom, but if that person is a pensioner he loses his freedom and his income.

The Department of Works & Pensions (DWP) say: “The Government considers that payment of benefit to prisoners is unnecessary. They are already maintained at considerable public expense and to pay benefit would amount to double provision”  and   “ Forfeiting benefit to which they may have contributed is commonly regarded as being a legitimate aspect of the punishment.”

The DWP do not explain (a) why a pension to which the recipient has contributed for many years is classed as a “benefit”, nor (b) why the elderly are the only group of prisoners forced to pay a huge fine imposed by the government in addition to the sentence imposed by the Court

This is not a minor problem. Men aged 60 and over is the fastest growing age group coming to prison, an increase of 145% between 1998 and 2008. For many it is for the first time, and they have already paid full contributions for the pension now denied to them. This is not “double provision”, it is “double punishment” and blatant discrimination against the old and vulnerable.

Assault or not??

My idea is that THE PUBLIC should decide by referendum what constitutes assault. e.g i do not think that a single 'slap' with an open hand against someone should be instantly classified as an assault ( repeatedly yes ). but that is jus one persons ( i.e mine ) opinion.

Why is this idea important?

My idea is that THE PUBLIC should decide by referendum what constitutes assault. e.g i do not think that a single 'slap' with an open hand against someone should be instantly classified as an assault ( repeatedly yes ). but that is jus one persons ( i.e mine ) opinion.

Human rights for criminals

The law is too easy on criminals nowadays, and Police officers can't do their job to the best of their ability because there are laws protecting the criminals human rights. When you break the law you should be stripped of some of your rights because you have chosen not to follow the rules so the rules protecting them should not be there for them.

Why is this idea important?

The law is too easy on criminals nowadays, and Police officers can't do their job to the best of their ability because there are laws protecting the criminals human rights. When you break the law you should be stripped of some of your rights because you have chosen not to follow the rules so the rules protecting them should not be there for them.

Repeal the Murder (Abolition of the Death Penalty) Act 1965

To repeal the 1965 Act removing the right of the courts to impose the death sentence on what were previously termed capital murderers – capital murder being murder committed in the course of or furtherance of theft; murder by shooting or explosion; murder while resisting arrest or during an escape; murder of a police or prison officer or persons assisting them; or two or more murders committed on different occasions.  Aspects of EU law preventing member states from restoring or introducing capital punishment would of course also need to be addressed.

Why is this idea important?

To repeal the 1965 Act removing the right of the courts to impose the death sentence on what were previously termed capital murderers – capital murder being murder committed in the course of or furtherance of theft; murder by shooting or explosion; murder while resisting arrest or during an escape; murder of a police or prison officer or persons assisting them; or two or more murders committed on different occasions.  Aspects of EU law preventing member states from restoring or introducing capital punishment would of course also need to be addressed.

chemical chastrastion for paedophiles

simple law: – anyone who sexually abuses a child gets their genetics removed, personally i'd go for a rusty knife but to get it through parliment suggest the prescription of chemicals which reduces testosterone and makes the parts wither and become unusable.  Lets put child safety ahead of whishy washy liberal human rights PC brigade

 

i believe the french do this and it works well there

Why is this idea important?

simple law: – anyone who sexually abuses a child gets their genetics removed, personally i'd go for a rusty knife but to get it through parliment suggest the prescription of chemicals which reduces testosterone and makes the parts wither and become unusable.  Lets put child safety ahead of whishy washy liberal human rights PC brigade

 

i believe the french do this and it works well there

Teenage Discrimination

As part of Teenagers Against Discrimination, i feel it only right to point a few obvious breaches of civil liberties towards Teenagers that is often overlooked.

 

Firstly, the infamous debate over the Mosquito Alarms. For anyone under a certain age to be submitted to an annoying, high pitch sound is a removal of our civil liberties, and it has also been argued (quite rightly in my opinion) that is even a breach of our human rights – why shouldnt we be able to walk down a public street hastle free? who decided that i or any other teenager was a potential criminal that deserved physical punishment?

 

The second point i would like to raise is the police power of stop and search. it is without doubt this power is used reguarly on teenagers ; as it is presumed we will be carrying a weapon or drugs. once again, this is a breach of our civil liberties – why should the police have the right to stop us and search us purely based on the opinion they have made by looking at us. what is that old phrase, can't judge a book by it's cover?

I know it can be argued that if you have nothing to hide, you shuldnt object to being searched… but think about it! we are on about the police stopping you wherever they like and asking you to empty your pockets. it is highly degrading and embarassing. at the very least, every passe rby during this immeadiately presumes you are a criminal. the next time they see you… what will they think? what will they remember? that's right – that you're the person that the police like to stop.

Why is this idea important?

As part of Teenagers Against Discrimination, i feel it only right to point a few obvious breaches of civil liberties towards Teenagers that is often overlooked.

 

Firstly, the infamous debate over the Mosquito Alarms. For anyone under a certain age to be submitted to an annoying, high pitch sound is a removal of our civil liberties, and it has also been argued (quite rightly in my opinion) that is even a breach of our human rights – why shouldnt we be able to walk down a public street hastle free? who decided that i or any other teenager was a potential criminal that deserved physical punishment?

 

The second point i would like to raise is the police power of stop and search. it is without doubt this power is used reguarly on teenagers ; as it is presumed we will be carrying a weapon or drugs. once again, this is a breach of our civil liberties – why should the police have the right to stop us and search us purely based on the opinion they have made by looking at us. what is that old phrase, can't judge a book by it's cover?

I know it can be argued that if you have nothing to hide, you shuldnt object to being searched… but think about it! we are on about the police stopping you wherever they like and asking you to empty your pockets. it is highly degrading and embarassing. at the very least, every passe rby during this immeadiately presumes you are a criminal. the next time they see you… what will they think? what will they remember? that's right – that you're the person that the police like to stop.

Workfare

Unemployment can be very depressing especially when there is a large decline in job vacancies. It must be time that unemployment benefit should only be given to those who work for their communites otherwise you don't receive anything.

Why is this idea important?

Unemployment can be very depressing especially when there is a large decline in job vacancies. It must be time that unemployment benefit should only be given to those who work for their communites otherwise you don't receive anything.

Penal option to prison

Young offenders should be given the option to reduce their sentence by serving in penal regiments that perform garrison behind front-line troops or ‘works’ for the benefit of the public

Why is this idea important?

Young offenders should be given the option to reduce their sentence by serving in penal regiments that perform garrison behind front-line troops or ‘works’ for the benefit of the public

Criminals and Their “Rights” and Punishment

If you are convicted of a crime the your human rights and criminals rights to use them should be revoked….you break the law and you forfeit the right to use them.

Also depending on the severity of the crime obviously, criminals should be restricted to house arrest (so keeping prisons free for actual serious offenders and four walls will drive you more nuts than prison), made to do public service between the hours of 9-6 (graffiti removal, cleaning dog poop off the streets, litter picking, restoration of public areas, tending elderly peoples houses, repainting, cleaning up the homes they wrecked, rubbish disposal, recycling, fly tipping clean up, cleaning hospitals, etc) everything that the council sees fit to do at a leisurly pace or not at all or for an extortiant rate, can be done so much faster by the criminals who break the law….then freeing the council to do more important jobs. plus it would give criminals a better idea of what work actually is…..akin to the chain gangs they have in america.

for more serious criminal acts that are a danger to society eg rapists paedophiles violent offenders they can be put to work inside the prison walls instead, yet again of having a holiday playing on playstations and xboxs….which brings me onto the point of luxury items in the cells – there should be none you want something to do read a book  – those items should be taken and given to kids who have nothing/donated to hospitals etc.

if you want to improve yourself then thats something that has to be earned by working on the "chaingang" and keeping out of trouble etc

Why is this idea important?

If you are convicted of a crime the your human rights and criminals rights to use them should be revoked….you break the law and you forfeit the right to use them.

Also depending on the severity of the crime obviously, criminals should be restricted to house arrest (so keeping prisons free for actual serious offenders and four walls will drive you more nuts than prison), made to do public service between the hours of 9-6 (graffiti removal, cleaning dog poop off the streets, litter picking, restoration of public areas, tending elderly peoples houses, repainting, cleaning up the homes they wrecked, rubbish disposal, recycling, fly tipping clean up, cleaning hospitals, etc) everything that the council sees fit to do at a leisurly pace or not at all or for an extortiant rate, can be done so much faster by the criminals who break the law….then freeing the council to do more important jobs. plus it would give criminals a better idea of what work actually is…..akin to the chain gangs they have in america.

for more serious criminal acts that are a danger to society eg rapists paedophiles violent offenders they can be put to work inside the prison walls instead, yet again of having a holiday playing on playstations and xboxs….which brings me onto the point of luxury items in the cells – there should be none you want something to do read a book  – those items should be taken and given to kids who have nothing/donated to hospitals etc.

if you want to improve yourself then thats something that has to be earned by working on the "chaingang" and keeping out of trouble etc