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Professor David Wilson: Prisoners should be paid living wage

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Professor David Wilson: Prisoners should be paid living wage

Post by Get'emGonçalo on 14.09.15 15:08



A leading Birmingham criminologist is calling for prisoners to be paid the living wage for jobs they do behind bars.
Professor David Wilson, a former jail governor, says paying the inmates will help slash reoffending by ‘reducing their exclusion from society’.
The Birmingham City University academic made the wage plea in a blog about reforms to the Prison Service.
The voluntary national living wage rate is currently £7.85 an hour outside of London and £9.15 an hour inside London.
The Chancellor announced in his budget a new compulsory National Living Wage that will reach £9 an hour by 2020.
The first increase will be introduced in April 2016, when workers aged over 25 will receive £7.20 an hour instead of the current minimum wage, which is £6.50 for anyone over 21.
In his ‘Ten things to do now to improve HM Prison Service’ document, Prof Wilson also argues that A-D prison security classifications are outdated and should be ditched.


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“Prisoners should be paid a living wage which they should pay income tax on,” he said.
“This would keep them as part of civil society and encourage them to save for their eventual release.
“It’s about time we also scrapped the current security classifications of A to D which were originally introduced in 1966. They might have been fit for purpose when England won the World Cup and The Beatles topped the charts, but the classifications just serve to confuse staff now about how they should manage prisoners.”
Prof Wilson also called for smaller prisons, more opportunities for the public to visit jails and for governors to be encouraged to speak to the media.
Increased officer training is vital too, he argues, to bring the UK up to speed with more effective prison systems across Europe.
“Basic prison officer training should be increased from 7 weeks to 12 months, ensuring that training leads to a social work qualification, something which would bring us in line with the Norwegian prison service.
“The UK should reduce its prison population to the European average and never allow a prison to hold more than 500 prisoners. Evidence from Europe and North America shows that smaller prisons are more effectively managed.”

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/prisoners-should-paid-living-wage-10047421
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Pay prisoners a working wage

Post by willowthewisp on 14.09.15 15:47

get'emgoncalo,
Have the lunatics taken over the asylum?
Professor David Wilson, quoted that the prisoners would pay tax on their wages and save funds for their release back into society?
No mention thereof, the state subsidizing their accommodation during the period of their incarceration?
The prisoners will be able to make contributions to a pension scheme as well? (the article did not state that).
The next thing you know we will have the public committing crimes to be incarcerated for a long stretch and come out with thousands of pounds to go on the lash, deposit for a house maybe, be able to smoke freely, like in the Commons one of only two places in the UK?
You could not make this up could you, give me strength!!
They could remake a film from the 1960's, "Cool hand Cameron" with Michael Gove as minister of justice, (what we've got here is a failure to communicate), Boris Johnson as Luke's buddy, dragline?

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Re: Professor David Wilson: Prisoners should be paid living wage

Post by lj on 15.09.15 13:37

20 years or maybe more back, when I was doing some sideline work with prison, you already had people that had themselves locked in for the holidays or when they needed a break. They would try hospitals first, but if that did not work prison. So a salary would make it much more attractive.

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Re: Professor David Wilson: Prisoners should be paid living wage

Post by notlongnow on 15.09.15 13:55

Is it so bad that prisoners come out with some cash?
Surely better if it gives them a chance than to reoffend.

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Professor David Wilson,pay prisoners wages

Post by willowthewisp on 15.09.15 14:22

Hi notlongnow,
I am not wishing to sound as though I have no compassion for human life, but the old adage "Do not commit the crime unless you're prepared to do the time", we know prisoners pay for their time incarcerated for the crimes committed by themselves in the lengths of sentence?
The use of prison is used to give a signal to society "That crime doesn't not pay for actions that they had took" to deter from crime?

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Post by notlongnow on 15.09.15 14:25

Hi WTW,

yes of course a punishment is needed.
Just feel it may help society and their family if they came out with some hope of turning their life around.

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