MrDoodles wrote:No desire to insult you either, but if it was so bad, no one would want to go back!
In point of fact, prisons are pretty inhumane places. Please take my word for that rather than the sensational media clap-trap which is trotted out so frequently, or better still, come with me on a visit to Winson Green, see / feel for yourself the total desperation and degradation of the inmates and make an informed decision Mark. If that sounds a bit snotty, it isn't meant to but you said yourself, you've never been in a prison so you'd agree, I hope, that you can't really make that informed decision without experience
Then you could sit in the public gallery of my Court or any Court and imagine the lifestyle of those who would wish for the stability of a custodial sentence and for whom the prospect of the fabled playstation is a long way down the list of priorities that make the custodial environment the preferred option.
Unfortunately, it would, I suspect, also demonstrate to you the utter futility of prison sentences for most people, and I say that as a hard liner Magistrate who is no stranger to sending people to prison.
I've seen some right villains in my time and I've heard and seen evidence that would curdle the milk on your breakfast cornflakes but I have to say that by far the majority of those sent to prison are inadequate rather than evil.
Anyway, BNP membership aside
what would be an adequate, effective sentence for the subject of this thread Mark? Radical or not, it would have to be doable. Would it be something already within our remit or would it require legislation?