Thursday, February 10, 2005

Prison works

Via The Adventuress, we learn that New York's prison population is now following its crime rate in a downward direction. The left has long argued that incarcerating large numbers of criminals is inhuman and that it doesn't prevent reoffending and that prisons are just universities of crime. The report , from City Journal, suggests that in New York at least, tough sentencing has finally got through to the minds of the criminal classes. They have learned through bitter experience that there are better ways of making a living than stealing from other people.

In Britain meanwhile, the Home Secretary has instructed judges only to pass custodial sentences where there are prison places available.