Boot Camp Proposal to Curb Criminals Reoffending
BOOT CAMP PROPOSAL TO CURB CRIMINALS REOFFENDING – Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Andrew Simmonds has suggested that criminals should be put through ‘two years of hell’ in military style boot camps in order to curb the rising number of criminals who reoffend.
The boot camps, according to Mr. Simmonds, should include intensive programmes that focus highly on discipline in an attempt to rehabilitate their criminal behaviour.
Mr. Simmonds feels that we need to break the cycle of criminal behaviour and a military boot camp could be the catalyst for change Britain needs.
In his report Mr. Simmonds noted that disused and derelict Army bases could be converted and re-opened and that the facilities could be used to tackle a number of issues including the teaching of basic household skills, the ability to prevent them from drinking and smoking and provide them with basic job training.
The idea of such a boot camp has been raised before, read…Unruly Teenagers to Face Military Style Boot Camp
Mr. Simmonds feels that you have to break the cycle at some juncture and tackle the poverty of ambition in order to give them purpose.
Mr. Simmonds initial plans have been received favourably by the Home Secretary Theresa May who feels that such a programme could in fact be cheaper than the current cost of approximately £40,000 a year to imprison a criminal and a staggering cost of £140,000 to house a child in a children’s home.
Recently a study clearly showed the cycle of criminality within impoverished families where none work but rather live hand to mouth on state welfare. Many of these families, according to the study, involved generations of criminals who repeatedly reoffend.
Mr. Simmonds feels that it’s time to take a more radical approach other than simply locking people up for a few weeks only to see them standing in front of yet another judge days later after their release.
Currently the average criminal offends no less than fifteen times before finally being awarded with a custodial sentence and upon release over 90 per cent reoffend within days of being released.
If sending a person to prison doesn’t work then what route do we take? Do we simply accept the status quo and allow crime to rise or do we look at finding other ways to ‘rehabilitate’ the habitual or indeed hereditary criminal?
Each year the issue of corporal and capital punishment is brought up in the House of Commons and each year members of the house have refused to put such a notion as a referendum to the public for fear that they would insist that both are reinstated.
Despite clear evidence that shows the death penalty is no deterrent their appears a growing number of people who feel that whilst it might not be a deterrent it does in fact prevent a person being able to reoffend with such a heinous crime that warrants such a penalty; there is also the notion of cost for it is cheaper to put a convicted person to death rather than provide accommodation and care for those serving life.
Mr. Simmonds is right we do need to explore other options and options that could bring about significant change.
In regards to the cost to the taxpayer we certainly must look at other ways to break the cycle of criminality although Harry Fletcher, a criminal justice expert has waded in with concerns for the plans as he feels that not only would such a programme be difficult to manage and administer but it is most likely to fall foul to existing Human Rights laws imposed by the European Convention on Human Rights.
The battle to bring crime under control and indeed significantly reduce it continues to be explored and until such a time as we can develop an alternative to prison then the taxpayer will be saddled with the ever increasing cost of the current failing system.