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Punishment, Politics & Public Opinion: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Revisited.

Pratt, Professor John
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) In, Report on the 2006 COnference — ‘Beyond Retribution.’ Aukland, NZ: Prison Fellowship New Zealand. pp. 51-57.

It is shameful in terms of its social cost. Of course there
are some very bad people who have to be in prison
because they are too dangerous to be let out, but in very
many more cases, lives that are already badly messed up
– because of illiteracy, drug addiction, mental problems,
abuse, dysfunctional family histories, unemployability
– are going to be messed up even more when these
people come out of prison. is is because, as two wellpublicised
reports1 have illustrated in the last few months,
prisoners spend most of their time doing nothing at all
while inside – nothing to make them more productive
and employable citizens when they come out. And the
unsurprising result is that 51 per cent of them are back
inside within five years of release. (excerpt)


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