From the UK:
Crime fight 'needs fresh ideas'Since what they are doing now isn't working, that makes sense, and crime has actually been rising steadily for several years now.
New ways of tackling crime must be considered, a minister has said, after a report warned crime rates could rise for the first time in 12 years.
The 60-page report, obtained by the Sunday Times, also criticises police for failing to improve their performance despite large budget increases.Not an uncommon problem in most countries.
The leaked Downing Street strategy unit report says crime could rise if there is a slowdown in economic growth
It can be a factor, but their are a lot of poor people who wouldn't think of committing crimes against others.
It says prescribing heroin and alcohol rationing could help cut crime.
Labour chairman Hazel Blears said new ideas were "worth exploring" but shadow home secretary David Davis said more prison places were what was needed.
The report, called Policy Review: Crime, Justice and Cohesion, warns that for the first time since the 1990s, when crime rates began to fall steadily, the number of offences are predicted to start rising because of changing economic conditions.
Its other findings include that prisoners numbers are rising beyond capacity, there is no money for new prisons and that nine out of 10 crimes are either not reported or go unpunished.
The strategy unit says the government could learn from other countries, such as prescribing heroin to addicts to help cut robberies, or trying hormone injections or "chemical castration" for sex offenders.
Nine out of ten cases are unpunished or unreported? There's a problem with the system right there. Maybe they should be concerned more about criminals and less about ASBO's.
My personal attitude toward drugs is that I don't care what you do, as long as you aren't causing harm to others. But I do NOT see where you are helping fight crime by supplying junkies with drugs. What you should be doing is trying to find ways to help them fight their addiction. I've heard the arguments that if drugs were cheaper, junkies wouldn't have to resort to crime. Total bullshit. If you supply an addict with more drugs, they merely use more and become more helpless, less able to work or maintain their life, and still end up committing crimes to support their habit. Have you noticed there are not as many old junkies as old drunks? That is because junkies either get cured, or their habit kills them. I've seen a lot of alcoholics who can get by making a living, but junkies tend to be basket cases.
If they want to crack down on crime, start making people responsible for their actions, and let private citizens protect themselves against the lowlifes that prey on them for gain or thrills.
Just my opinion.