Locked Up For Good

July 24, 2012 5:00 pm

Is Prison too easy going?

After watching a programme about prisoners on life sentences, I was shocked and disgusted to see that the prison system has lost its purpose completely. Murderers and criminals who have committed unthinkable crimes are being treated to a life of luxury, 100% further away from the punishment they deserve. Prison is now more of a holiday home, that some prisoners prefer to the outside world.

Britain is still in the middle of a recession which is seeing hard-working people struggling to afford even the basics. Unemployment figures have risen to 2.65 million, which includes qualified students and university leavers. Finding a job has never been harder.

In my opinion, receiving a life sentence means you should not be allowed any luxuries. This means no nice food, no television and especially no X-box’s or CD players. Our government is so corrupt that people that have an education and thrive to forge a career to buy nice things are becoming worse off than highly dangerous, psychopathic criminals. I think they need to bring back the proper punishment that criminals deserve for their actions. Shared metal cells instead of individual ‘little apartment’ rooms with curtains and comfy beds. To only be allowed to sit and think about the crime they committed instead of playing violent games on consoles. There are starving homeless people living on the streets that have not done anything to get where they are, apart from being dealt a bad hand in life. These aren’t criminals, yet rapists, murderers and child-abusers are given a better life.

How is this fair?

I was shocked that in the programme, a young man who had committed murder openly announced that he didn’t want to leave prison because he had a great life. Television, comfy room, pet and a CD player. He stated that he didn’t want to go ‘out there’ as there were no jobs and he wouldn’t have near as much as he did inside.

Is is justifiable to let prisoners complete courses those on the outside have to pay for?

Another harrowing fact was that prisoners are also allowed to complete educational courses whilst inside so they can gain qualifications. Courses like these, which people are paying thousands of pounds to complete and racking up huge amounts of debts to secure themselves a good career and life, criminals are getting for free. Why should they even have this advantage? Does this mean that when they do come out of Prison, they can walk into a job as they do indeed have this qualification?

Our government and society needs to take a serious look into the prison system, as this is a problem that is sickening.


  • XxO

    I’m horrified!! Prisoners shouldn’t get comfortable in prison… It just suggests that people who are struggling in some way should commit a crime to secure themselves an education and certain luxuries… I’m shocked!

  • ChrisRobinson

    Kayley, I think how a society is judged on its level of civilisation is how we treat our prisoners.
    I saw the same programme and the person you mentioned who didn’t want to go outside, I think, was obviously inadequate and could only feel at ease locked up for years on end. This, surely, is a failure of our system. It didn’t give much background but I wonder whether he had any effective interventions when he was younger? Was he identified as ‘at risk’? Was he one of the many people ‘missed’ by our hard-pressed social/probation/youth/education services, yes, all these public services that have been cut all these years. and now they face even harsher cuts so many more people like this one will ‘slip through the net’.
    It’s right what you say about ‘hard-working people’ who struggle to lead blameless lives, educate themselves and look for jobs that aren’t there, and those homeless people who struggle to even find somewhere to sleep or something to eat. But what you’re advocating, in a sense, is a ‘race to the bottom’. Make things worse for everyone. I say no. Aim your fire where it deserves to be aimed – at the political elite who are making these cuts.
    It’s difficult to feel much sympathy for these convicted people regarding the crimes they’ve committed, but, despite what this offender said about leading a better life inside, I don’t think for a moment that sitting in a cell – even on a playstation – is a great way to live the rest of your days. Education in prison is there for purposes of rehabilitation. Some prisoners are lacking in education and opportunities and these were often the result of those failures I mentioned above which often lead them into committing crimes.
    Many prisoners benefit from these courses – which, surprise, surprise are being cut – and they go on to lead blameless, productive lives.
    I think all education should be free. Student debt is sky high and the drop out figures are increasing AND there’s a 50,000 drop in university applications due to the obscene rise in tuition fees and the ‘student loans’.
    Unemployment is a direct consequence of government’s lack of political will to invest in jobs and services, claiming ‘there’s no money’. There is £750bn sitting in the accounts of big business, and the rich are having tax cuts. Now, if ever there was a target for your anger, look no further.

    • Kayley Hardy

      Yes Chris, I understand what you are saying but these disgusting human beings that have commited awful crimes are sat in prison getting luxuries. Yes, of course blame the government’s lack of political services for unemployment but the fact I was trying to portray was the fact that these animals don’t deserve what they are getting. If I was the victim of one of those I would be absolutely outraged what life they are living. You say that’s no way for someone to live their life.. well they obviously should have thought about that before doing the crime. To me it sounds like you are pitying them, which to me is unthinkable. And I don’t think they should recieve education in prison. You say lack of education before often leads them to commiting crimes. I don’t agree. You can be put in an area with no money or education and somehow I think you could still manage not to commit a crime. Its the person you are. In the end as you said schooling is free, so why not go to school? Therefore they put themselves in the situation you speak about. They therefore choose their future and if they do choose the bad path, they should pay for what they do!

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