Social Problems, Criminal Solutions

Obviously I’m a woolly liberal but is it just me who finds the following step-by-step plan for dealing with social problems troubling?

  1. Identify a social problem.
  2. Criminalise it.
  3. Be surprised that there are suddenly more people spending short amounts of time in prison.
  4. Be further surprised that this has caused more social problems.
  5. Be completely surprised that the original social problem has not been solved.

Prison should be for criminals, parent’s who cant keep their kids in school need help, not porridge.