Peter Williams QC is a bleeding-heart liberal idiot. There’s no question about that.
He says “forcing people into a dark dungeon with no windows and without the basic elements can have a huge mental strain on prisoners.” Poor dears.
Problems with prison overcrowding he says can be fixed if people just get intelligent, he says on Newstalk ZB. “A lot of people could be released early to make beds available,” he says, “as there are a large number of non-serious security risk prisoners who could be housed in other accommodation.”
These people could be put in motels, says Williams unintelligently.
Peter Williams is an idiot. Listen up Peter: ‘If you can’t do the time, then don’t commit the crime.’
The reason people are locked up is to protect us from people who are a real, proven threat; specifically, to protect us from people who have committed crimes in which it has been proved they are a threat. With just one caveat, they deserve to be there.
Here’s the caveat, and therein the solution: if we really do care about injustice and about overcrowding we could immediately cut prison numbers by about a third by freeing people who have committed any so-called crime in which there is no victim. Victimless ‘crimes’ such as our drug laws should be expunged from the books as the injustice they are, and as a practical solution that effectively doubles police numbers and reduces the prison population.
I say keep the dungeons for those who’ve committed real crimes, and free the others.