James Miller


Thursday, February 09, 2006



Before we decide whether we hang, flog, incarcerate, give community sentences, fine or just let people off, we need to see the statistics.

How many people are in jail for violent offences? 90%? 10%? We don’t know.

How many are in jail for not paying a TV licence?

When the government publishes honest statistics with the cost of each method of punishment, then we should decide how we punish people.

I also believe that if no violence has occurred, then the cost of punishment must not exceed, say ten times the cost of the offence. So if you don’t pay your TV licence, then the punishment costs can’t be greater than £1250. It would create some very innovative punishments.


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