by Peter Cuthbertson
Some attack prison for its high reoffending rates. They are right that no one should be complacent about the hundreds of thousands of victims of reoffending each year.
But they are flying in the face of reality if they single out prisons. Reoffending is a huge problem for the whole criminal justice system. The reoffending rates for criminals who receive community sentences, fines, suspended sentences and discharges are similarly depressing.