Being tough on crime creates a problem. Our prisons are already overcrowded and single cells are now housing two people, cells for two people are housing three people and cells for three people are housing up to five.
It doesn’t take an Einstein to realise that we have to attack the cause. Attacking the crime puts a further penalty on taxpayers whereas attacking the cause of crime may be a little bit more expensive in the first place but will save millions in the longer term. This is apart from criminalising thousands of young people unnecessarily. Naturally, whilst attacking the cause of crime, we also have to punish the present generation for committing their crimes. In other words, I’m not a bleeding heart! But I am a realist and know we cannot afford to carry on this way.
Governments never seem to get this right. They do not seem to know the difference between being proactive and reactive.