image: One for the Road.
There's a lot of talk on the scumbag problem this morning after the second Polish man died. Twenty's calling for vigilantism. I disagree with this as vigilantism can take on the hue of paramilitarism with ease and become a front for more crime. However if anyone trots out the "underpriviledged" chestnut as an excuse for this behaviour I'll set Twenty on you with a pipe-wielding posse to beat some sense into you because a lack of education or poor facilities does not force a screwdriver into someone's brain. Environment does not dictate action: the scumbag(s) that killed those guys did it of his/their own volition.
Prison doesn't work either, at least in terms of rehabilitation rather than the "scumbags off the street" factor. Recidivism proves that:
"27.4% of released prisoners were
serving a new prison sentence within
one year. This rose to 39.2% after two
years, 45.1% after three years and
49.2% after four years"
And it costs €90,900 per annum per prisoner.
So, it's a waste of time, money and life to jail most of these fuckers. So what's my big idea?
The injection of those convicted of serious assault, murder and sex offences with a chemical agent that prevents motor functions in the human body without affecting consciousness. Scumbags become prisoners in their own body and are released to the care of their own families. The chemical is given as long as is necessary to incapacitate the offender for the duration of the sentence.
Presto: prison costs are drastically reduced, scumbags are off the streets and not receiving scumbag training while in jail, their families are responsible for them and once the sentence is served they get the use of their bodies back. I'd imagine recidivism would fall off rather drastically. Sentences could be reduced as six months stuck in your own head probably equates to a 5 year prison sentence.
I'm no chemist but I'm sure there's a drug that can temporarily interrupt motor functions. And just to be clear: I'm serious.