posted on Jun, 6 2006 @ 06:50 PM
Oh dear, here we go again, the lure of the simplistic and supposedly 'easy answer'.
"Just get 'tough', lock 'em all up and throw away the key etc etc blah blah blah".
.....and quite why we should follow such a grotesquely expensive penal 'solution' when one of that kind is totally unnecessary anyway (as
continental Europe demonstrates) as well as hugely damaging to our society (watch it develop into disproportionate %'s of people from 'certain
social groups' - cos that is how it always works out - locked up is not a good thing for ones' society) is far from clear.
I come from a place where the Police are not called upon or used in many areas (unless it's a legal requirement in connection with say your insurance
company and then it's a perfunctory report only) and they - the paramilitaries of either 'brand' - perform the role of a 'paramilitary
They get about as harsh with criminals (especially young 'anti-social' criminals) as it is possible to be.
Car thieves, burglars, drug dealers and most especially the muggers of pensioners in particular all face what the paramilitaries call 'justice' and
it invariably is of the 'the more harsh = the more effective' school of supposed 'thought'.
The sort of 'justice' ranging from being shot in the back of one knee (kneecapping) to shot in both knees, both ankles and both elbows (charmingly
called a 'Crucifixion').
We even had a fom of 'punishment' where people turned up at an appointed hour and place to be shot in the back of the head, dead obviously, (they
called that one 'nutting') because at least that way the paramilitaries would be satisfied and they would agree to leave the offender's family
The other variation on this brutal version of 'justice' is the so-called 'punishment beating.
Usually 'performed' by a gang of several large adult males, one usually waves a gun around to ensure the victim lies down and lets the beating
happen without too much struggling and the rest use long heavy iron bars or baseball bats studded with long nails to carry out the beating; the aim is
to beat the victim and not stop until one or more (usually several) bones are obviously very broken.
They'll do this kind of thing to adults, youths or even children (one child beaten was 13yrs old I have heard).
The last thing they tend to 'offer' is banishment from NI or else (either the offender or family 'get it).
It still doesn't stop anything.
We still had and have repeat offenders, we still have 'anti-social behaviour' in Northern Ireland......and yes that includes young people receiving
a so-called 'punishment beating' or shooting on multiple occasions.
Just because prison might frighten and possibly deter polite middle class people is no reason to imagine that is true for all.
Quite clearly the threat of the most extreme punishment - punishment beyond what anyone is seriously ever going to propose here (as demonstrated in
NI) is not 'a solution', so lets stop this pretence that ever more harsh is 'the answer', hmmmm?
[edit on 6-6-2006 by sminkeypinkey]