Well, here's two suggestions to reduced prison overcrowding:
1) Criminals could stop committing crimes. If you can't do the time, then don't commit the crime.To paraphrase what I've said before on the issue of overcrowding:
2) Government might grant an overdue amnesty to those guilty only of victimless crimes.
The reason people are locked up is to protect the rest of us from people who are a real, proven threat; specifically, to protect us people who have committed crimes in which it has been proved they are a threat. [That's the primary job of government, for goodness' sake.] With just one caveat, those prisoners deserve to be in there, not given 'open prison' favours and allowed out to commit other crimes.UPDATE: "One third?" asks Mark V. "Hmmm. Maybe not," says PC.
Here’s the caveat, and therein the solution: if we really do care about injustice and about overcrowding then 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 and laws against cutting down our own trees 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 by at least a third.
I say keep the dungeons for those who’ve committed real crimes, and free the others.
LINKS: Open prisons under consideration - TVNZ News
Prison overcrowding - Not PC