Comment on: Eviction threat as rioter sentenced to 11 months
One of the major factors in encouraging reoffending is lack of housing. By evicting these people it satisfies the instinctive moral indignation against anyone convicted during the riots. However it damages not only the boy - who according to the judge has much to recommend him; but it harms his family, it harms the council and it harms society as a whole. This policy - if followed in other cases (I'm assuming the council applies the same rules to other less high profile incidents) - will only serve to push up reoffending rates in general - at a direct cost to us all.
The boy committed a crime, for which a judge has deemed the penalty 11 months and that should be sufficient. Referring to those to who have quoted the Bible on here - yes indeed it does say thou shalt not steel, but I believe there's also quite a bit about forgiveness. Mind you it also suggests death for working on a Sunday and has a bit with a talking snake, so perhaps we might want to reconsider our sources.
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