SURVEY OF CRIMINALS REVEALS CRIME DOES PAY – A recent Government survey questioned 3,000 convicted criminals regarding whether they think crime is a profitable pursuit.
The survey resulted in almost all convicted criminals feeling that engaging in crime is often the only way to get what you want without having to work for it.
Video: Part 2 – Crime Does Pay. Part 1 above.
You can forget any notion of the old saying ‘Crime doesn’t pay’ because in a criminals mind it is obvious that it does.
Above: Even the police are handing out more cautions just to keep crime figures low and meet Government targets for solving crime.
When you look closely at the criminal justice system it is understandable why many convicted criminals feel this way. Recently it was uncovered that the average criminal is convicted no less than 11 times before finally being sentenced to prison.
The rise in community service orders haven’t provided any substantial reduction in the amount of crime nor has it stopped those from reoffending. During the hours many criminals are not serving out their community service orders they are engaged in criminal activities; making a further mockery of the justice system.
Last year alone the cost to the taxpayer for those reoffending hit nearly £13 billion and this is set to rise as more community service orders and suspended sentences are handed out; allowing criminals to walk free and commit further crimes.
Our prison system is bursting at the seams and those who are imprisoned are often afforded luxuries that many taxpayers cannot afford, including cable TV and three square meals a day.
The survey was disturbing to read as many criminals felt that their crimes really didn’t affect anyone and that they didn’t even consider themselves as ‘real criminals’.
For those currently severing time in prison it is an astonishing fact that nearly all have an average of 41 crimes to their name. This supports the statistics that magistrates and judges are handing out more non-custodial sentences, multiple times, before finally giving a custodial sentence.
Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has announced that the Government must do more to help criminals in order to reduce the risks of reoffending. One way is to put them to work and he is now considering the possibility of employing one to work in his own office.
Chris Grayling feels that offenders could be put to work in the NHS and is urging companies and the public sector to consider hiring more offenders in order to show them the way to a life of ‘working for what you get’.
It is obvious that the criminal justice system needs reform but does the answer lie in providing ex-convicts with greater opportunities? Would the knowledge of a guaranteed job, free training and a high salary simply not encourage more crime?
Above: Growing public sentiment for the reinstatement of the death penalty
After the heinous murder of WPC’s Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes the idea of reinstating the death penalty is now being debated once again. Some are now suggesting that it’s time to stop providing incentives for criminals to cease their activities and start providing a level of punishment that acts as a real deterrent against reoffending; such as administering the birch.
Currently the only solution appears to be to throw more of the taxpayers’ hard earned cash at the problems without producing any tangible results. How long will it be before the public finally says enough is enough and that it is time to bring back measures whereby criminals are unlikely to come back for a second dose?
In a recent story I wrote, a Sheriff in Arizona, US takes a hard-line approach to criminals and his methods appear to be working, read - Arizona Sheriff Knows How Convicts Need Treating
Do you think reintroducing the birch would be a good idea? Do you have any suggestions that could help reduce crime? Please leave your comments below.