It’s a BBC story, but the dynamics are very much reminiscent of all the “tough on crime” rhetoric we’re hearing in the context of Canadian politics these days.
It’s not as if expensive and ineffective policies are anything new. Other than providing short-term political boosts, one wonders what good they accomplish.
Indeed, the facts seem to indicate that they do more harm than good. This raises the question, of course, of why they’re pursued at all, and why governments continue to embrace them in the face of all the evidence that suggests that they don’t work …
(h/t Alex Himelfarb)