An end to ‘holiday camp’ jails

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via Daily Mail

 

UK Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is introducing tough new rules to the UK prison system, starting reforms that will make UK prisons ‘spartan but humane’.  Grayling said he didn’t want it to be a place people had a ‘desire’ to come back to.  

Soft-spoken MP for leafy Epsom in Surrey, Chris Grayling is anything but brutal by nature.

A former Channel 4 business reporter and ex-member of the Social Democrat Party, a forerunner of the Lib Dems, he is not from the Tories’ old-style hang ’em and flog ’em brigade.

But his new ‘spartan’ jails policy is final proof that David Cameron’s ‘hug a hoodie’ phase is well and truly over.

Now this will raise a few eyebrows, on both sides of the debate

‘Prisoners get extra privileges and resources through good behaviour. We may tighten that regime. We are considering all aspects of prison life.’

And he is not prepared to tolerate the practice, said to be growing, whereby some gay inmates live as couples in cells, allowing them to have sex regularly.

‘It is not acceptable to allow same-sex couples to effectively move in together and live a domestic life. If such a thing happened, I would want those prisoners put in separate prisons.’

It sounds like being a career crim in Blighty is going to get a lot less comfy

Mr Grayling believes prisoners do not deserve the kind of lifestyle and ‘frills’ that are beyond the reach of families on low wages.

The move will provoke fierce opposition from prison reformers, but Mr Grayling says that making prison life tougher is a vital part of his war on crime.

  • Subscription satellite television channels, including Sky Sports, will be banned – and thousands may lose the perk of having a TV in  their cell.
  •  More could be forced to wear drab grey prison overalls instead of their own clothes.
  • The right to use pocket money to buy toiletries and sweets in prison shops could be curbed.
  • Prisoners who have gay relationships in jail will be barred from sharing cells – and even sent to separate jails.
  • Prisoners who misbehave will forfeit the automatic right to be freed early.

And in New Zealand we discover that banning smoking from prisons is against the poor petals’ human rights?

The sooner we adopt a similar stance in this country, the better.

 

  • cows4me

    Probably never happen, politicians and the elite would never have it. Gee just imagine if they end up behing bars, it would be hell.

  • Marc Williams

    While we have a core group of recidivist prisoners in NZ who have no fear or aversion to going to jail, there is no hope of them choosing a life free of offending. The first jail sentence should be tough – very tough. A new jail term should start the same hard conditions, but with a longer period before some privileges can be granted. I agree that privileges can be earned, with time, with automatic reversion to a tough regime if there are indiscretions later. Prison should always be a place that is not pleasant to be in, not like some of the holiday homes we seem to have developed lately. Why the hell should they get Sky TV – I’m an honest taxpayer, and I can’t afford it, so why should I pay for them to have it. There are very few recidivist offenders in the military jails, and there is good reason for that – once there, it is a deliberately a harsh regime to convince the offender that they don’t want to risk going back.

    • StupidDisqus

      The first jail sentence should be tough – very tough.

      can’t do better than a 9mm to the back of the head. And you know what? Guarantees absolutely zero recidivism

      Why the hell should they get Sky TV – I’m an honest taxpayer, and I can’t afford it, so why should I pay for them to have it.

      precisely. not to mention a warm bunk, food, medical care etc etc etc- none of which NZ can afford.

      There are very few recidivist offenders in the military jails, and there is good reason for that – once there, it is a deliberately a harsh regime to convince the offender that they don’t want to risk going back.

      Nope, it’s cos you get booted straight out of the military. Same for NZ – time to boot crims straight out of life.

  • BJ

    As long as they are treated properly to get their basic human needs met – nutritious food (nothing fancy), shelter and warmth (but nothing fluffy), health (but nothing precious), stimulus (but nothing entertaining) – nothing else except doing a days work could possibly contribute to their rehabilitation, but rather hinder it.

    Being spoiled with the trappings of life and instant gratification will do nothing for a prisoner’s character building – only humane respect and dignity will.

    • StupidDisqus

      nutritious food (nothing fancy), shelter and warmth (but nothing fluffy), health (but nothing precious), stimulus (but nothing entertaining)

      all of which I’m still paying for, along with the guards, judges, lawyers, etc etc etc.

      prisoner’s character building

      They’re criminals. They don’t have any character and have forfeited any claim to humanity

      • BJ

        Yeah, actually, I’d like to bring back hanging too.

  • StupidDisqus

    spartan but humane

    fuck that. How about brutal and inhumane?

    Better still, how about we arm the cops and give them the mandate to make sure no crim makes it as far as a holding cell, let alone a gaol?

    • Gazzaw

      You had me swayed up until now SD but I don’t think that even the cops would agree with summary executions.

    • Hazards001

      You really are a fucking nutjob

  • dotcom

    I hope condoms are freely supplied (and their use closely supervised) in our prisons. It’d be rude not to.

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