Prison works: David Cameron unveils plans to force criminals to stop watching TV and start earning money while behind bars
The UK’s Prime Minister announces plans to get tough on criminals. Part of his plan is a “pay for performance” scheme by which private companies will be paid for lowered recidivism results. In general, Cameron appears to be focusing on rehabilitation and reentry, wanting inmates in prison to be involved in programming and attaining work skills, with greater supervision on the back end. Read more on Cameron’s speech here.
My main thought is that it all sounds good, but programming and training require money and staff resources. According to the article, the UK already pays 40,000 pounds per inmate annually. In my experience, most people who work in the prison system understand the benefit of programming and want to keep inmates actively engaged; it always comes down to a lack of resources, not will. Hopefully Cameron is going to be willing to put money where his mouth is.