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Britain is not addicted to punishing criminals

9 July 2024

8:55 PM

9 July 2024

8:55 PM

Mr Timpson, the new prisons minister, is the head of a company that employs about 600 ex-prisoners, and this is an admirable and humane social service. But good as this experience is, it is insufficient to decide on public policy as a whole.

In a recent interview, Mr Timpson said that there were far too many people in prison in Britain, that at least a third of prisoners should not be in prison, and that Britain had a Victorian obsession with punishment.

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