In the main people in prison are generally poor, uneducated, from broken homes, mentally ill or without a moral compass. Our societal values and welfare system have much to answer for as we have created a society that can produce people who end up in prison.
Prison must be used to punish, reform and very importantly protect society from the individuals within the prison system.
REFORMING OUR PRISON POPULATION.
As a nation we should set ourselves the impossible task of zero re-offending, once someone leaves the prison system.
We have to understand that everyone wants to be a success, everyone is aspirational. But sometimes the doors are closed and you end up in jail. In all of us lies good and evil, the judge will decide via the sentencing term, where an individual sits on that scale. The longer the sentence the less likely that an individual can be reformed and the reforming effort required will have no positive outcome and may not be undertaken.
Enabling the balance of power back to the prison authorities.
Currently prison officers have their hands tied in terms of “hard” physical and physological power, quite rightly due to the Human Rights act. But the balance of power is now in the hands of the prisoners as they use the threat of force and lack of respect to intimidate prison officers to the detriment of the system.
Young offenders use going to prison as their university for a future criminal life. Some have no hope for the future so enter a downward spiral into depression, drugs, rage or simply give up.
Our policy is as follows:
Parole can only be given once three prison shift officers, a tutor plus the governor give their approval.
Parole can only be given once a prisoner has completed an etiquette course and practices that etiquette within his daily activities in the prison.
Each prisoner will be given the option to achieve a higher level of education or complete a trade (day release may be necessary after academic qualifications are completed). Achievement of the objective and officer approval will allow parole and early release.
Any prisoner under the age of 30 will automatically go into military service for a two year period within a penal batallion, given that he is not a danger to society or the military environment. As this allows an element of freedom, time served in the batallion will not be taken off the prison sentence should training be a failure and the prisoner is returned to prison.
Mentally unwell individuals are a major problem for rehabilitation and will be incarcerated for as long as they pose a threat to society.
Any drug, violence, aggressive behaviour, escape attempts will result in an extended sentence of up to one year at the Governors pleasure.
In-House education and training.
Sourcing permanant staff to fillfull teaching and training roles within a prison may be problematic. To this end we will recruit retirees on a part time basis at £10 per hour, free of tax to undertake this service. Each governor will assess needs and aspirations for his prison, be relalistic around aspirations (ignoring all astronought applications), apply for funds, then kick off the recruitment process.
To ensure good behaviour once assigned a tutor, that tutor becomes part of the parole and early release voting process.