…so perhaps it’s the inmates who aren’t?
A report on the west London jail by government inspectors says that there are not enough vocational training places and that attendance is “unacceptable” for those that are on offer.
Hmmm, really? Not enough places yet attendance isn’t up to snuff? That’s pretty contradictory, isn’t it?
… Nick Hardwick, the chief inspector of prisons, said: “Overall, there was too little opportunity for prisoners to acquire the habits, skills and experience that might improve their prospects of getting and holding down a job.”
Strange. I mean, in the very next paragraph, we read this:
In today’s report, however, Mr Hardwick, who describes Wormwood Scrubs as “probably the most famous prison in the country”, adds that while there 440 jobs available each day for the 1,200 inmates, only three- quarters were filled.
Didn’t you read your own report, Nicky? Or did you not understand it? You see, if you build it, it appears they won’t come after all.
So, maybe the problem isn’t one we could cure by throwing ever more resources at it, and may not even be a ‘problem’ at all.
It just might be the case that these people aren’t in prison because they are good folks who society has done bad, but, well, bad folks, plain and simple. That they don’t lack opportunity to ‘acquire the skills, experience and habits’ to hold down a job, they lack the desire to do so.