There was a belief that those who worked with offenders condoned their criminal activity, or had an investment in the status quo. Mr Workman said.

Claims that the justice system was preoccupied with offender's rights were not true, he said.

"I cannot find any evidence over the last 20 years, of any policy or piece of legislation that has promoted offenders' rights - quite the opposite.

Read the whole article. Read as well the comments from people who clearly disagree with Workman.

Disclaimer: Kim Workman is a correspondent for RJOB.