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Should we be spending more money on these?. Prisons. Exam Question. Explain, in detail, why some people think we should be spending more money on prisons and why some people think we should be spending less money. More money is needed.
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Exam Question • Explain, in detail, why some people think we should be spending more money on prisons and why some people think we should be spending less money
More money is needed • Some of our prisons are old and run down and needing replaced – Barlinnie is a Victorian prison for example • Some of the overcrowded conditions people have to live in are inappropriate – cell sharing for example, serious offenders mixing with first time prisoners • If we want to rehabilitate people and cut re-offending rates we need modern facilities to do so • Our prisons are overcrowded meaning we have to release people early – If we built more prisons we wouldn’t have to do this
No more money is needed • There are cuts to education budgets in Scotland just now – should we not be spending money here instead of on people who have broken the law? • More money should be spent on alternatives to custody such as CPOs and tagging as these work better than prison in rehabilitating many offenders • If we build more prisons we will just fill them up which will cost the taxpayer even more money as we will be back to overcrowded conditions very quickly (£34,000 a year to keep a person in a Scottish prison)