It seems that British prisons are such a home from home that prisoners offered a chance of early release are turning it down in favour of doing more time!
More than 37,000 inmates opted out of tagging and other release schemes between 1999 and 2006, Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, admitted yesterday. He also revealed that 42 people have been caught trying to break into prisons in the past five years.
Prisoners refusing to leave? Ex-cons trying to break back in? What the hell is going on here?
According to Glyn Travis, the assistant general secretary of the Prison Officers Association, the reason prisoners are reluctant to leave is because drugs are so much cheaper inside!
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “It is ridiculous to conflate these two issues. Prison is anything but soft and it is absurd to suggest otherwise."
There speaks a man (or woman) who sits inside an ivory tower. What this spokesman fails to realise is that prison IS soft for many many people for whom life outside is so much harder. These are the people who have become addicted to drugs as they've bought into the liberal progressive meme that drugs are cool and really quite safe - but they are people who, for various reasons, don't have the cushy lifestyles and secure incomes of the chattering classes to fund their recreational coke snorting.
When they are on the outside they find drugs are expensive and the only way to afford them is by committing crimes - damn, it's like having to work for a living! Inside the prison they don't have to work, they are given money, drugs can be bought or bartered for and on top of that they get comfortable free accommodation and three square meals a day.