Sunday, September 07, 2008

Our obsession with crime is crushing our freedoms

"We have forgotten all our empirical skills when it comes to law and policing. Instead of assessing what the problems are — the fact that prisons do not reform offenders, that crime is caused by complex social issues as much as by individual moral failure, that police officers at their desks or in squad cars do not deter crime as well as those on the beat — we have allowed a blind and vengeful regime to skew our sense of reason and what is right for a liberal democracy." —Henry Porter

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