Wednesday, September 13, 2006


I have often commented on the fact that for many people any sentence not including imprisonment is no more than a slap on the wrist, and that there is a widespread view that prison sentences are too short.

According to the (rather out-of-date) figures published by the Home Office, if we were to incarcerate the same percentage of our population as the United States does, then instead of the 78,000 people currently in prison in the UK we would have to find room for 385,000.

Makes you think, doesn't it?

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