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Felix | Universities of reform

Government plans to emphasise education in prison is hoped to reduce recidivism. Bring back the three Rs, says Felix

20 February 2013

As any self-respecting imbiber of Rumpole at mother’s knee will know, Her Majesty’s Prisons are well known as universities of crime. I studied criminology and penology as one ?of my options – the only one I really ?enjoyed although I startled myself and no doubt my tutor with my best mark being in ?land law.

These days I must say land law rather appeals – all those covenants and easements and funny words like absolute owner in fee simple possession. I rather like the idea of colouring in boundaries in blue and red and thinking about old medieval rights of this and that. But I digress – yes for me it was long essays on long sentences and thinking about saving the world. If only the authorities would listen to an earnest second year undergraduate – the world would be happy and every felon and thief reformed and there would be “No More Crime” in ?the same way we all marched to say ...

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