What are the alternatives to Prison? (3/3)

What are the alternatives to Prison? (3/3)
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    We need radical alternatives to the
    prison place. We need to recognize that the vast majority of people that we sent
    to prison are from impoverished social backgrounds. We need to note that the
    people who were in prison are largely those who have been failed by society.
    There are people who've grown up in care, there are people who've experienced
    domestic and sexual violence. There are people who cannot read and often cannot
    write. There are people who've been failed by welfare and educational
    services, there are people who've been failed by healthcare.
    Therefore, the first radical alternative to the prison, is to make sure that we
    invest in our healthcare, our education and our welfare systems. That we need to
    have a situation where we meet the needs of those vulnerable people that we
    currently send to prison. We also need – as a radical alternative to prison – to be
    victim-centered. We need to recognize the harms that have been done to victims and
    to do our best to try and address those harms. We also need to find ways, which
    actually can deal with conflicts, which do not rely upon the criminal law. So we
    could look to the civil law as a way of actually trying to deal with problems. We
    could also look to develop things like therapeutic communities, ways and means
    that we can address people with mental health problems, ways that we can
    address issues around substance use. We could also find things for people to do.
    Giving people decent jobs, making sure that people have appropriate housing.
    Making sure that children have something constructive to do, and therefore, an
    alternative to prison would be trying to rebuild the lives of those people who've
    been harmed by society.
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