- 30 Aug 11
With the first of the UK rioters being dumped into an overcrowded prison system, the media continue to point fingers and call for their heads. In the search for a sensationalist headline, could they be coming for you next?
Time marches on. Systems grind away. And so, in Britain, those convicted of looting and burning during the recent riots are now presenting at jails. But many of these are first-time inmates, reportedly under threat in the country’s overcrowded prison system. Apparently, the governors of all UK jails have been warned by the Prison Service to take steps to ensure the safety of those banged up for public misdeeds. The system caters for hard-core repeat crims. It has its own culture and structures and rhythms. Now it’s being used to punish vandals and first-time offenders. It’s a bad fit on both sides.