Saturday, 2 February 2013

Rehabilitation of Offenders

In today's Southend Evening Echo there was an article about the conference on Wednesday with Nick Alston the new Police and Crime Commissioner. There was a quote in the Echo from a local Tory councillor who shall remain nameless, stating he is going to ask magistrates to give out tougher sentences. This is a contradiction to Chris Grayling's vision. Chris Grayling and the Minstry of Justice have instructed magistrates and crown courts to hand out more community based sentences to educate and rehabilitate offenders. Offering a holistic approach to a offenders is much more beneficial as this approach can address the underlying reasons why a person offends. Punitive sentence packages do not work for low risk offenders as statistics have shown they actually increase offending, young people see prison as a badge of honor and a criminal record gives a young person a identity and sense of importance. In my opinion there should be more restorative justice and the vicitim is in control and of the how the offender is sentenced, and the offender is more aware to the damage to the community and the victim, this should be the future of criminal justice.

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