Peter Hoskin

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day
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With the prison population reaching an all-time high of 82,006 (only 21 places short of full capacity), Jack Straw once again begs judges to consider more non-custodial sentences.  Of course, it's embarrassing for the Justice Minister.  His line is wide-open to opposition attack, and he's condemned to repeat it until those Titan prisons are finally completed. 

Not that we should feel sorry for him.  Straw should have made the right, forward-looking decisions during his time as Home Secretary between 1997 and 2001.  Yet, somewhat masochistically, he's reluctant to take the proper steps even now.  The result?  Numerous tragedies waiting to happen.