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  •  On prison policies too (9+ / 0-)

    With the uproar no doubt coming over Holder's announcements on releasing some prisoners, this quote by Churchill may also be of interest

    “The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilisation of any country. A calm and dispassionate recognition of the rights of the accused against the state and even of convicted criminals against the state, a constant heart-searching by all charged with the duty of punishment, a desire and eagerness to rehabilitate in the world of industry of all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment, tireless efforts towards the discovery of curative and regenerating processes and an unfaltering faith that there is a treasure, if only you can find it in the heart of every person – these are the symbols which in the treatment of crime and criminals mark and measure the stored up strength of a nation, and are the sign and proof of the living virtue in it.”
    Churchill made that statement when he was Home Secretary in a Liberal UK government over a century ago.

    Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

    by saugatojas on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 01:24:12 AM PDT

    •  This core belief of his was not abandoned (8+ / 0-)

      during WW2, either- during times when the constant threat of German spies, insurgents and other infiltrators weighed heavily on the British government because of their proximity to a hostile Europe.

      A couple volumes back in the same work I've been studying, Churchill had received reports of local police gathering up people and incarcerating them via profiling. He subsequently sent a very abrasive letter to the Yard, castigating them for profiling Danish and French refugees and admonishing them to enforce the law - not propagate fear. He then demanded a hard count of people in "gaol" and expected an audience with local officials to explain their actions to him personally.

      He was very much a "hands-on" leader.

      Times have changed, all right.

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