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Prisons need a disciplined regime, not a holiday camp culture, Lynn News letters

By Lynn News Reporter

The latest pipe dream is to have homely cells without bars in the belief it will make prisoners desist from causing trouble. All this will do is facilitate a cosy ambience conducive to illegal drug consumption, which is already out of control.


The theory that this latest initiative will make inmates appreciative and receptive to these new measures will fail, likewise previous charm offences.

What hasn't changed over the years is the nature of the criminal with the exception of more sophistication. They perpetually see goodwill not to be reciprocated but a weakness to be exploited. In human relations their culture is selfishness not selflessness where the essence is take not partake, all of which is lost on progressive reformers who monopolise Her Majesty's prisons.

I discussed this with Liz Truss my local MP in her capacity of Justice Secretary on one of her infrequent visits to Downham.

The underlying problem is the Rt Hon lady like all her predecessors is a transient politician, here today, gone tomorrow. Prisons ministers

rarely get a grip of their briefs and meekly submit to liberal civil servants who can be around a lot longer. The TV sitcom Yes Minister is a reality!

Who will be brave and return the service to a disciplined regime with inmate training of tuition through prisoner deference towards staff, who essentially must have control, not a Hi De Hi culture of equality and human rights?

The public craves for protection through incarceration not negation of taxation!

David Fleming



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