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Reader’s Comment of the Day: No place like jail. A sanctuary in a broken young life


In response to, “Chris McGovern: You can’t be serious! A jail that beats strife-torn schools for educational standards”, Grandpa1940 wrote:

During the course of my former consultant engineering work for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and the Home Office, I visited a Youth Offender Institution (YOI) to check on works being carried out by a contractor. All movement inside the walls was monitored, and every outsider was accompanied by a warder. Walking along, I asked the bloke with me what the average youngster was in for?

He replied: “Grievous bodily harm (GBH), aggravated GBH, rape, robbery with violence’and that’s just one cell-block. “Trouble is,” he went on,  “we get many returning because this is the ONLY stable life that they know. They serve their time, then deliberately offend once again, so they can come back to three squares-a-day, a warm cell and comfy bed, and the chance of some sort of education. The screw-ups who go under the name of ‘parents’ are either strung out on heroin, cocaine or methadone, and the only notice taken of the kids is when the benefits cheque comes through the letter-box.!”

It is indeed a strange commentary upon our society when youngsters actually crave the order imposed within an institution!

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