Originally posted by dolphinfan
Perhaps the solution is a different kind of facility, more like a minimum security facility.
the jail houses category D prisoners – those thought by the authorities to be trusted not to escape and as such allowed to reside in an open prison.
Over the years it has housed a number of high-profile inmates. George Best played football for the prison team while serving time there in 1984 for drink-driving, assaulting a police officer and failing to answer bail.
Other famous residents have included renegade spy David Shayler as well as Ernest Saunders, Anthony Parnes and Gerald Ronson, three of the "Guinness four" share-trade fraudsters.
Formerly a Fleet Air Arm station, the base was converted to an open prison in 1960.
Its two wings house up to 557 inmates and is open to offenders with less than two years left to serve with no history of trying to escape.
But in recent years it has been hit by a number of controversies.
Security lapses became news in 2006 when it emerged that at least 70 prisoners had absconded from the premises over a 12-month period. Amongst them were three murderers. In May of that year, 11 foreign nationals simply walked out.
In 2009, an independent report highlighted failings, including an outdated CCTV system and a problem with the smuggling of mobile phones, drugs and alcohol into the prison.
The latest incident is believed to be connected to this last issue. It it thought prisoners went on the rampage after refusing to be breathalysed as part of an attempted crackdown on alcohol.
Mark Freeman, deputy general secretary of the Prison Officers Association, said 40 empty bottles of alcohol had been found on the grounds in the weeks leading up to the riot.
Originally posted by Erongaricuaro
A little paradox, no? The freest country in the world has the largest prison population.
Originally posted by Unity_99
Now it takes creating homes, apramtments and townhouses, and half way houses and providing care and dignity.
You know really good social services.
Originally posted by boondock-saint
now the age old question,
if a prisoner has dementia and cannot
even remember his name or his crime
and is no longer a threat to anyone and
only a burden to the taxpayers at the
expense of $100K yr each ....
do these folks even need to be behind bars
Alex, a violent juvenile in the near future, is caught after a number of brutal rapes and murders. While imprisoned, he submits to a controversial experiment to make criminals ill at the mildest suggestion of violence or conflict. Now Alex's victims want to welcome him back into society with the same enthusiasm he has always exhibited when performing his crimes.
Originally posted by Constantlysilenced
Absolutely. If you do the crime, you do the time, regardless of whether you can remember what you done or even go to the toilet on your own.