Let’s end this legislation by trial and error   Leave a comment

This article was first published with the Free Society in June 2010

The growing regulation of every day activity has lead to the imprisonment of many individuals for petty crimes. Illiberal policy making is not without its consequences; there has been a growth in the UK’s prison population. Between 1995 and 2009, the prison population in England and Wales grew by 32,500 or 66 per cent.

Last week, Lord Woolfe, ex-chief justice, took issue with overcrowding in prisons. Woolfe argued in The Times that, “in such a severe economic crisis it is folly to have policies that make the prison population substantially higher than is necessary.” What was striking about this assault was that overcrowding informed Woolfe’s decision to challenge illiberal policies, rather than anything to do with the importance of safeguarding individual and social freedoms.

The rest of this article can be found here: http://www.thefreesociety.org/Columnists/Suzy-Dean/lets-end-this-legislation-by-trial-and-error

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Posted February 4, 2011 by suzydean in Freedom

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