Peggy Hora: Jail is only for the dangerous
Editor's Note: Thinker in Residence Peggy Hora is getting some good press in Australia. I was very pleased to see this one:
Tough on law and order mantras are mindlessly repeated on both sides of Parliament
* TORY SHEPHERD * From: The Advertiser * March 30, 2010
"Relatively speaking, it's a pretty small group who are just bad, whom we can't let live among us. Multiple rapists, people who rape children, people who kill others, people who just don't give a damn," Judge Hora says.
"Who doesn't need to get put away is the guy who is pinching goods to feed his habit, who would otherwise be a law-abiding citizen."
She says punishment does not work, that the money spent keeping prisoners locked up could be spent on proven programs to change the course of these people's lives.
Treat their drug and alcohol addictions, their behavioural issues, give them a productive way to spend their time. Reunite families. Give people a reason to contribute to society.
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