IN YOUR FACE! SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR BLOATED, TAX QUID SQUANDERING FACE!
Juvenile crime was bad before, very bad, right now it's not much worse, but it sure as heck ain't gotten any better!
"We'll just throw some more money at the issue" they sang, but now it's not just me and the likes who are calling those expenditures a waste of taxpayer money, an independant study by King's College in London has shown that the results gotten from the lavish costs, paid for by hardworking citizens are a far cry from their intended goals. Some things got a little better, some things got worse, not a single preset goal has been attained.
Kids are appearing before court quicker, but there's also less time being spent dealing with their social/family problems. Body count seems to be in decline (honestly, that five a day period was an atrocious peak, thank goodness that's over with) but there's an increase in gang activity, specifically amongst girls.
The cost for that quasi-status-quo? six hundred and fifty million pounds sterling, over one and a quarter BILLION dollars American, or a 45% increase. Money that could have gone to a better education system, city beautification, welfare, ... heck, invest it in a couple of decent juvenile prisons if you can't get a grip on crime being committed anyway. Be sure to include a machine shop and a couple of classrooms as well as isolation cells, you know ... things that actually DO work to keep kids from ending up back in their old cell a couple of months after release.
something else that grinds my gears:
- "The Youth Justice Board said an official independent audit showed the reforms had delivered big improvements."