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Wednesday, 1 July 2015
It is estimated that each prison place in the UK costs £119,000 to build, then costs an annual sum of £40,000 to keep each prisoner (source Guardian Newspaper, UK). Personally I find this outrageous.
Shouldn't these institutions be self-financing?
May I suggest that they are ALL run on factory lines, and ALL inmates should be made to put-in a normal day's work.
Basic sums of remuneration could be paid (if work was satisfactory) and any money earned could then be exchanged for food, water, electricity etc (don't work, don't eat; like everyone else in the world). The inmates could even contribute towards the prison guards salaries, the prison running costs, and their judge's entertainment fund (ahem). If anything was left over at the end of their sentence, it would hopefully help them set-up a new crime-free life.
It's an old chestnut, but I don't see why criminals should be funded to over double the amount of an unemployed or disabled family.
Priorites, priorities! We need a Ministry of Priorities.
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I was born just south of London, but for the past 46 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away; we also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
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