I see those crime statistics which you couldn't trust because they made them up are super-reliable after all.
What is certain is that, while the arguments rage, one group has been virtually forgotten: the victims. The fact is that, for victims, even short prison sentences do work. They provide punishment, and incapacitate the offender.
So when people like Ken Clarke say there might be better ways to reduce crime than prison, they've forgotten about the victims? Doesn't that bit about reducing crime kind of imply a concern for victims?
Devastating maths from the bloke at Civitas there. Again the Home Office is suddenly considered reliable, I see. He might look up average in a book. And opportunity cost.
Nice sighting of Philip Davies MP in that story.