On the riots


I don’t see the logic in ramping up the prison sentences in response to the August riots. The mood of the public isn’t a reason to do such things, not to mention the negative human cost on a young foolish individual. But we are all young and foolish at some point. Sensible voices on the left and the right, have asked for a bit of collective calmness in response to the riots. And community service for some of these crimes would be a better response. Since it also involves the loss of liberty,and less criminogenic than prison. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/nov/25/england-riots-personal-cost-youngsters-sentenced #longreads