By Nicholas Cowdery
Crime is the favorite subject of talk-back 'shock jocks' and self-important newspaper columnists. Lurid debts of the doings of crims and corrupt law enforcement officials, using mangled information, 'crime waves' and demands politicians, judges, police (someone, somebody) to 'get difficult on crime' continually locate an viewers. 'Zero tolerance policing' and 'mandatory sentencing' are the newest calls for of these buying and selling on public nervousness. Nicholas Cowdery is aware the felony justice method within out. A famous suggest, he is determined to demolish the claims of these who dominate the airlines in a sequence of crisp and witty essays which set the list immediately.
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They are based on a policy of prohibition, peddled by the United States. There needs to be a solid injection of reality, a recognition of human nature and what is practically achievable — and desirable — in this area. Illicit drugs are prohibited, but they cannot be eliminated. We must acknowledge that basic fact. Australia’s official strategy is directed at three Rs (reductions): • Supply reduction, that is disrupting the importation, growth, production and supply of illicit drugs. The measures 3 4 T h e D r u g P r o b l e m adopted include patrols of our border by sea and air; searches of incoming vessels, cargo and passengers and postal items; the detection of cannabis plantations and amphetamine factories; and the investigation of drug suppliers at all levels.
They blame the breakdown of the family, the ineffectiveness of educational institutions, the declining influence of the churches, demographic changes, a general decline of morality, and so on. (They may be right, of course — and they should not be rinsing their hands of those problems. ) But if crime rates fall, politicians immediately claim the credit, saying the fall is the result of the short-term policies they have been pursuing — usually more police, longer sentences, zero tolerance policing and so on.
The physical and psychological maturing process continues throughout life but takes place most rapidly in the early years. It may be illustrative to consider Shakespeare’s seven ages of man, but the boundaries of those divisions too are fuzzy. Some people progress from one to the next at earlier or later chronological ages than others. So it is with legal adulthood — some are ready for it before 18 and some after 18, but for practical purposes we have set 18 years as the boundary. But even those under 18 are dealt with differently to take account of changes in physical and psychological development during that period, depending again (for practical reasons) on age divisions.
Getting Justice Wrong: Myths, Media and Crime by Nicholas Cowdery