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I have decided to issue new directives on the whole concept of custodial prison sentences.
Prisons create more criminals. They are a breeding ground for anti-social behaviour and the next bank heist.
Whether it be civil or criminal law, real justice is one that: protects, deters, punishes, compensates the victim and ideally rehabilitates the criminal. Prisons are clearly needed for the worst crimes or for protecting the public from the worst criminals, but not for everything else on the above list.
For everyone else I want "open prisons" that supply very inexpensive manual labour to surrounding businesses and communities. The wages earned should be distributed as follows -
70% victim(s) of crime (half to go in a general fund, half to go to the actual victims)
The prisoner will receive NO wages. Their incentive is that he may spend up to 3 nights a week under curfew at home with his family or pre-approved friends. Parole Boards should take into account good behaviour and the percentage of victims compensation received.
Speaking from experience as a victim of crime, receiving a monthly cheque for some very small amount from a court with the knowledge it has come from the pocket of the criminal is much more satisfying than a full compensatory award from a central government fund or insurance company. Incidentally, the criminal above burgled my business premises to fund his Heroin drug habit.
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