Via Ace comes a totally bewildering news story from Great Britain. The official government policy concerning burglary has just been changed. Burglars are not to be jailed unless they cause harm to persons or property.
No matter how much they steal, no matter if it is irreplaceable family heirlooms, the criminal walks. They get “community punishment”, which I suppose is the same as “community service” is here in the United States.
And we know that the felons will show up to fulfill their obligation to society because they are such stand up guys. Hardly like criminals at all. Right?
My favorite part…
“The recommendations to let burglars walk free come as, for the first time in several years, burglaries are increasing.”
So refusing to lock the burglars up where they can’t ply their vile trade will cause the number of break-ins to decline?
I keep rereading the news report, and I just can’t believe it. It slides off of my comprehension like claws on glass.
Is this some sort of April Fools joke done early?
In the spirit of full disclosure, there was a similar problem in the United States dating from the late 1980’s through the 1990’s. Space in our prisons was at a premium, the crowding so severe that courts were ordering a certain percentage to be released early to thin out the press.
Eventually the money was found and more prisons were built. And, please note, the felons got at least some jail time.
(Cross posted in a similar form over at Hell in a Handbasket.)