PRISONS TO INTRODUCE SMOKING BAN – The Government have announced plans to ban smoking in all prisons across the UK.
Whilst this may appear an admirable move to make prisoners healthier the Prison Guard service has warned the Government that forcing prisoner to just quit could result in riots breaking out.
The plan, in order to help prisoners quit smoking, is to provide £11 million of the taxpayer’s money for the supply of free nicotine patches for all smoking prisoners in order to help them cope with the withdrawal symptoms.
Currently it is illegal in the UK to smoke in any public building and prisons should be no different. There is also the aspect of prison staff being subjected to second-hand smoke which could result in the Government being sued if any member of staff was diagnosed with cancer due to exposure.
According to Government figures that are approximately 67,500 prisoners who smoke; and the average cost of nicotine patches over a three month period will cost the taxpayer approximately £170 per inmate.
Obviously the overall cost of £11 million does not take into consideration the numbers of criminals that are convicted and sentenced on a daily basis and therefore it is certain that this figure will continue to rise along with prison populations.
You might be asking why the Government simply doesn’t insist that these smokers go ‘cold turkey’; well their lies the real madness to our human rights laws.
The Government previously forced 200 prisoners, who were addicted to heroin, to go ‘cold turkey’. Whilst it worked in a number of cases the prisoners involved then sued the Government for human rights abuses which resulted in each of the prisoners receiving a payout of over £3,800 in compensation.
Yes, it’s madness but we live in a society that is motivated by political correctness and human rights – actual right and wrong really doesn’t come into the equation. Ask any good accountant what 2 + 2 equals and you are likely to receive the answer; ‘What do you want it to be?’
This is basically the society we have created in that there really isn’t answer and most of it is simply made up as we go along so as not to offend anyone or possibly infringe upon their human rights.
Our justice system is completely broken; more than half of the time a judge is unable to imprison a criminal due to a possible breach of their human rights and the fact that the prison system is already overloaded.
Look at a recent article that meebal.com produced on the number of criminals being awarded bail whilst awaiting trail and in the meantime commit crime; this will clearly show you just how broken the justice system is.
Is imprisoning a criminal the answer? The liberal faction will tell you it is not and that it is in fact inhuman. They do have a point – prison, at least in its current form, is no deterrent for a stretch inside a 5 star hotel; complete with TV, computers, recreational facilities and access to education is not exactly punishment.
The taxpayer is already burdened with having to accommodate prisoners; often in far better conditions than they themselves live, and now we are going to be forced into providing them with medication to help them quit smoking.
We really shouldn’t have to pick up the tab for helping them to quit. Prison is not supposed to be a pleasant place and it should be about depriving a person of the liberty; this should be extended to their rights.
We have created a society that is far too lost in political correctness and in doing so we’ve allowed criminals to make a mockery of society and the hard working, honest taxpayer’s.
Unfortunately such is our system that we now view criminals as victims of an uncaring society and in return we are now force to provide them every luxury that most taxpayer’s cannot afford.
There are of course things we could do in order to reduce crime, such as bringing back public flogging. However the liberals will have none of it and I can guarantee you that if these nicotine patches are not supplied it would almost certainly result in riots breaking out.
Such a circumstance would not only see prisoners being financially compensated, for a breach to their human rights, but the liberals would also be out in force admonishing those who forced these poor unfortunates into such a situation.