Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg predicts it will face "pockets of resistance" from the public and some police officers but insists it is not "soft justice".Hey, Ron, if it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck...
"At the heart of this is the individual and a lot of individuals commit crime because of the situation they find themselves in.
“If we can take them away from crime, make their lives better and have them contribute to society, that’s reason enough to do it.”*speechless*
Peter Cuthbertson, director of the Centre for Crime Prevention and Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Darlington said: “The notion that prolific criminals will stop offending if only we would give them a chance to do some manual labour has been done to death - it's a nice idea that just doesn't work.
"Ron Hogg should concern himself less with the cost of putting prolific offenders in prisons and more with the very real dangers of keeping them on the streets in places like Darlington. Prison protects the public and has a lower reoffending rate than soft justice alternatives."Maybe the Durham voters should have elected this chap instead?