Sunday, 8 July 2012

Burglars in jail don't burgle, shocked researchers find

New research shows, quelle surprise, that if you don't release burglars from jail, they don't burgle as much.

Will this impress the Gadarene Swine in charge of the criminal justice system (falsely so-called)? Highly unlikely. I don't think anyone's quite sure how truth works its way through the labyrinthine defence mechanisms of denial, sub-marxoid sociology and cynical apathy erected around those bureaucrats.

I look forward to additional studies on the effects on the crime rates of shooting burglars in the act of burglary. It may be just a hunch, but I'm sure this would also work as a reduction strategy. Perhaps the Home Office could return our fundamental, constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms in order to facilitate some research?

Now, take a look at this run-of-the-mill news item from the United States:

The British equivalent of this story would feature an old man dead, or lying in a hospital bed, his face purple and swollen, his daughter tearfully describing how his war medals had been stolen.

1 comment:

DerekP said...

From the Guardian article: "In 2010 Clarke questioned whether tough penal policy cut crime..."

Yes, I remember when I first heard Clarke coming out with this; I was curious how Clarke knew that burglars who weren't in prison would helpfully up their workrate to maintain the same level of 'burglary'?

I'm also pissed off with our legal system automatically classing any intruder as a burglar.

As the rather sensible chap (Is this commenter racist? sexist? Why take a chance? - call armed British police now! Those tazers and automatic weapons just have to be used.) in the video clip implied, if intruders enter a home where there are people then the intruders are clearly willing and prepared to physically attack those people.

In that case we'd be better off with a gun than a phone to call police who might want to arrest the victims for smoking in the intruders' place of work.
[/sarc... maybe]