Prisons under pressure

Filling overcrowded prisons with people who can’t pay fines is making an untenable situation much worse

1st May, 2010

The national preoccupation with economic matters has allowed two worrisome developments to escape proper attention. These concern the treatment of some of the most vulnerable of our fellow citizens, and they say something important about how we define ourselves as a society.

Just as our response to those who wielded the financial wrecking ball gives an indication of national priorities, so does the way we deal with those among us who find themselves in conflict...

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