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Readers’ comments: Crime and unpunishment

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In response to Ewan Gillings: More money, little change at Patel’s Home Office,

zakisbak wrote:

‘I have been used to having my own way for years and am well angry that the new government intends to govern rather than be governed’ – top civil servant in the Home Office, Sir Philip Rutnam, quits and says he intends to sue the government for doing their job.

The PrangWizard of England wrote:

The most effective weapon against crime is the fear of getting caught. However today there is little fear of the consequences of being caught with such a small risk of prison time and those who do get a prison sentence don’t fear that much since the terms are short and shorter still with 50 per cent routinely cut from them.

And then of course we operate a rehabilitation system so all sorts of assistance and comfort is offered to prisoners.

It’s time all this was thrown overboard and a punishment regime introduced. Longer sentences, remission only after long periods of exemplary behaviour and extension of sentences for bad behaviour. Word would get round quickly and fear of getting caught would again be a deterrent; crime would fall.

esseff41 replied:

Sure – but as there is actually only a small risk of getting caught the possible consequences matter little.

Ed McA wrote:

Priti appears to be doing a good job by shaking up the complacent civil service who were all too willing to pander to Theresa May to keep us in the EU.

J k wrote:  

Why are these deep state swamp-dwelling Sir Moaners given a title and a gold-plated final salary pension for just doing their job?

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