Arbeit Macht Frei eh Ken Clarke?
Now try to persuade us you're not a Nazi!
UK's Bilderberger in chief Kenneth Clarke, now
Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor
Ken Clarke to unveil plans for prisoners to work 40-hour week
Justice secretary to end enforced idleness in
jails with some of cash earned going to victims
Are we supposed to be grateful it's not going to the SS Ken?
What is even more shocking is that so few voices
are raised in oppisition to this.
How soon we forget.
Clarke unveils 'hard work regime' for prisoners
(AFP) – Wednesday 6th October 2010
LONDON — Prisoners should work a 40-hour week,
with the proceeds going towards compensating
victims and paying for offenders' time behind
bars, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said on Tuesday.
Private businesses will be brought into jails to
provide nine-to-five jobs and training for
inmates, in an effort to reduce re-offending, Clarke said.
"We need to instil in our prisons a regime of
hard work," Clarke told his Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.
"Most prisoners lead a life of enforced, bored
idleness, where even getting out of bed is optional."
Prisoners could get the minimum wage of £5.60 an
hour under the reform proposals but part of their
earnings would go into a fund for victims and
some will be ploughed back into the prison system.
"We have to try to get those people who have the
backbone to go straight -- to handle a life
without crime when they have finished their
punishment," Clarke said in a bullish speech met by cheers from delegates.
"So we will make it easier for prison governors
to bring more private companies into their jails
to create well-run businesses, employing
prisoners in regular nine-to-five jobs."
Schemes similar to one launched last month in
Peterborough -- which attracted five million
pounds of private sector investment -- will be
rolled out across the country in the new year, he pledged.
Clarke, who has come under fire in recent months
for saying the number of minor offenders being
sent to prison should be reduced, stressed that
he was not in favour of "molly-coddling" prisoners.
He introduced measures to crack down on drug use
in prisons, including new "drug free wings".
The veteran Conservative said he believed prison
was the best place for "serious criminals" but
that alternatives to jail sentences were "not tough enough".
A sentencing review will be published in a Green Paper later this autumn.
Criminal justice campaigners welcomed Clarke's
plans, but said jobs for prisoners needed to be
relevant to the real job market.
Graham Beech, strategic director of crime
reduction charity Nacro, said: "Employment is one
of the most effective ways of reducing
re-offending, and equipping prisoners with the
skills to get jobs on release will benefit the whole community.
"It is essential that employment options are
meaningful and linked to labour market
opportunities that will provide prisoners with
the chance to have a productive future which
benefits them, their families and their victims."
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