Crime and Punishment

The children of
Britain are now often called barbarians for doing what used to be considered youthful pranks.  They face ASBOs and community service as punishments which appear to be ineffective.  The adult population faces worse penalties if they try to correct the bad behaviour of the young.   Hence the youngsters have a sense of immunity from the thick ear and push their ‘lawlessness’ to the limit.  Many are now out of control.  Much of the blame must be put upon the parents who abdicate responsibility for their offspring.British citizens are the most watched in
Europe with 4.2 million CCTV cameras, more than the rest of the EU combined. 
Britain also has the biggest DNA data base with 3.6 million profiles with another 40,000 being added every month.  There are plans in place to introduce biometric ID cards and link these to a national computer which will carry all of our medical information and other facts about us which many find inappropriate.These measures seem to be working because we have more people in prison than most of our neighbours.  This presents a problem.  Our prisons are full up and therefore many prisoners are released early to make room for a new batch of criminals.  Nobody seems to know what to do about this.  There are several options.  We could build more prisons.  If we had the capacity, convicts could serve there entire sentence thus keeping the hardened criminal out of society and prevent them from re-offending.  These options cost money.  Most of the population would prefer not to pay so much to keep these people in prison.  Keeping prisoners is a very expensive operation.  Reintroduction of the death penalty would be a good option economically.  This may not be a deterrent to crime but it would certainly be cheap and so save the tax payer a great deal of money.  Fewer prisoners to look after, feed, keep warm, cloth and clean would help ease global warming.  Do “The Greens” support capital punishment?

Published in: on November 17, 2006 at 12:45 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Well Mr Jackdaw!!

    Your interesting proposition: that we reintroduce the death penalty in the interests of saving tax money and at the same time helping to reduce global warming is thought–provoking at the very least!

    As you say, we have more CCTV cameras per head than the rest of Europe combined. The argument goes that this is a good thing (i.e. it seems to be working) because we have more people in prison than any other European country, so if we want to lock more people up, we need to build more prisons, but this will cost money, so let’s kill off the prisoners to save us money and reduce CO2 emissions.

    Let’s follow this argument through. We have 4.2million cameras for a UK population of 60.2million people. According to government statistics 60% of the population are aged between 16-54, which equates to 37million ‘adults’. That means there is a camera for every 9 people. If cameras have such a beneficial effect in catching criminals, the sooner we increase the number of cameras the better!

    The problem with cameras is that they are in a fixed position waiting for a crime to occur. Why not use technology to help. A law that required the fixation of a small camera to everybody so that we could all be watched all the time would be much more cost effective wouldn’t it?

    Ah!, but who would be looking at the images, I hear you ask.

    The answer is obvious; we have a large and rapidly expanding prison population sitting doing nothing, and who better to catch a thief?

    Ah!, but why would they be motivated to catch their brothers-in-crime? (you know, the guilty people who stop on a red line or enter a bus lane). Easy, let’s motivate them by giving them a reward. But let’s not forget the green issue. I suggest that we pay our ‘watchers’ in carbon credits rather than money. In effect, if they catch lots of criminals they can keep nice and warm. Those who are ineffective stay cold.

    Ah!, but we will still have to build lots more prisons, and on the face of it that is true. Not least because the government will be stimulated by the vast sums created for the Treasury by the massive increase in the number of Fines!

    Technology can come to our aid again. Why keep the watchers in prison? With Broadband they can keep watch on their subjects on their television screens! We can convert the lovely Victorian prison buildings into luxury penthouse duplex apartments for the deserving City types.

    If all this is a step too far, another idea would be to install television cameras in the prisons. With the desperation of young (and not so young) people to get on X-factor, The Jungle, and Big Brother, the opportunity to get TV coverage simply by going to prison would be irresistible, and think of the royalties and advertising revenue for the Government! That would pay for the prisons.

    Keep up the green-field, blue-sky, joined-up thinking.

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