Charged with more than their crime?
IN our prisons, prisoners have free access to activities, education, board and lodge that many of us in the community have to pay for ourselves (if we can afford them), all in the name of human rights.
In the community where a person regardless of age needs residential care (or care in the community) they are required to have a financial assessment in order to assess their contribution towards their care.
Where a person has sufficient savings and or property, they are required to contribute towards their care costs.
Where there are dependents living in their own home a charge may be placed on that home so that they don't have to sell their property until after their death where the monies owed will be paid back to the council.
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My question to our MPs is why in these days of recession, where we are all required to contribute more and expect less in return, why are we not financially assessing all prisoners for their board and lodge?
I'm aware that many will not be able to contribute, but that is the same for us all in the community.
Where is democracy in all of this? Why are we not treating all people equally and fairly? We are always looking for ways to prevent re-offending; surely some offenders might think twice about re-offending if they feel they have more to lose than just their freedom.
Please, if this debate has not already had a recent airing in parliament, can it be considered as a valid point?