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Has the Judiciary Forsaken Us?

Posted on: September 16, 2009

The Press and TV News of the assaults in broad daylight by gangs, the knife threat to the bus driver by a 10 year old and over 231 other events these past 3 months are harrowing to read. Magill Correctional Centre has been condemmed by some UN expert, so the Federal Government steps in. For what , I wonder?

But has the Judiciary foresaken the community? The four jails planned have been scrapped because the State is broke, but they were to be five star with individual rooms, TV, hot water and the comforts of intensive care . Makes one think about the purpose of prison.

It should not be a pleasant place. It is a place of both retribution and repentance. It should never be so comfortable or convenient that it serves as cheap alternative accommodation for the inmates. It must not be a place of cruelty, but must be a place of hardship, discomfort and difficulty. It should not serve as a cheap default education system either. It is not suitable as a place of last resort for the mentally ill. A prisoner should not profit from his crimes, and anti social behaviour except that he learn to forsake them.

Those that will not learn shall repeat the exercise until they do, or they perish. Capital punishment must remain a viable option for the most heinous crimes, including treason.


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