Monday, January 07, 2008

If Freddie Jumped Off A Bridge...

Learning nothing from the abject failure of such schemes elsewhere, the NSW Government proposes this:

WEEKEND and mid-week jail sentences will be scrapped under a plan to be considered by State Cabinet. Criminals could also be forced to look for a job and be subject to electronic monitoring, curfews and drug testing under the proposed Community Corrections Orders... despite (jail) inflicting a "short, sharp shock" to criminals... Under the plan, offenders sentenced for crimes attracting jail terms - excluding murder and other serious indictable offences - would be sentenced to a prison term that would then be suspended and replaced by a CCO.
The proposals are similar to weak-kneed approaches in other States and particularly in the UK where crime is now very nearly out of control.

-- Nick

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