Crime and Punishment – Ever more harsher punishments?

“If you could simply double the punishment for every crime to deter people from committing them, then we could have ended crime a 1000 years ago. As it stands, we haven’t, so that simply doesn’t work. That only works for rational, thinking people, but we are not always talking about rational, thinking people. If that were the case, then teenagers would start a pension at 16, drive under the speed limit, and not put compromising pictures of themselves on Facebook.”

Barry Misden’s reaction to the news that the Conservatives want a two-strikes-and-you’re-out policy for knife crime. Of course, crime and punishment is a lot more complex than this. Nick Clegg has rightly argued that this course of action will do nothing except create the next generation of hardened criminals.