According to Simon Power, “A male teenager on the wrong side of the tracks and heading towards a life of crime will cost society $3 million over his lifetime.” I don’t doubt it. I’d be ready to believe it costs far more, especially if you factor in the anguish suffered by his victims. Power said this to at a Victoria University-run conference, the “Costs of Crime”, in Wellington yesterday. He was attempting to give an example of the importance of preventing crime in the first place.
Yes yes, here we go down the same old track, the kind of knee jerk reaction that springs from batting about other cliches like the “ambulance at the bottom of the cliff” and all that rubbish. Stuff I’ve been hearing all my life while crime and violence steadily increases. “We all know that if we can stop people from getting on the carousel of crime in the first place then the savings – not only monetary but also in terms of human cost – will be huge,” Mr. Power droned on. The Herald reports-
Government spending on police, corrections and justice has roughly doubled to $3.4 billion in the past 14 years, adjusted for inflation, with little overall effect on crime – total recorded crime is falling, but violent crime is increasing – and a prison population that was bursting at the seams. Recidivism rates have worsened.
Mr Power pushed the Government’s work on the drivers of crime, including help for vulnerable young parents, early intervention programs and tackling alcohol harm. “Research suggests that if successful early intervention occurs with the 5 to 10 per cent of children with the most severe behavioral problems, there is the potential for a 50 to 70 per cent overall reduction in adult criminal activity and associated poor life outcomes,” Mr Power said.
Just the kind of stuff the drooling idiot liberals at Victoria University would lap up.
But he had to defend the Government’s policy priorities to the audience, who accused the Government of supporting punitive, populist policies such as the three-strikes law and juvenile boot camps over evidence-based – but politically unpopular – solutions.
Mr Power, how about we stop pissing in the pockets of simpering liberal academics without an idea between the lot of them and talk the real reasons for crime? Its is nothing to do with early intervention. Once there was very little crime and we had no need of the measures you propose as solutions today. Because we had a sane society.
Look at the damn stats for God’s sake, and you can see that crime has increased at a rate comparable with society’s plunge into the bottomless abyss of Progressive political and social ideas. Ideas that have resulted in a deliberate break down of morality, the destruction of the family unit, the propagation of single parent families, the denigration of fathers and families and motherhood at the expense of the doctrine of feminism, an increasing dependence upon drug and alcohol use and so many other events that have at their root the false prophets of moral relativism and/or cultural Marxism and/or Gramsci-ism as embraced and propagated by the very idiots you are speaking to. From Victoria university and almost every other NZ and Western university.
Ever since those bastards have been preaching their evil doctrine this country and almost every other western country has been in a clearly evident death spiral. And all this time we have had the same worthless posturing fools as you Mr Power speaking the same empty words to the same empty academic vessels and the spiral just continues to accelerate.
The graph says all that needs to be said, except for the period preceding 1950 when the line was a barely discernible level and with no real upturns at all relative to those that occurred after Progressive social and political policies became ascendant in this country. We need a complete turn about Mr. Power. We need to stop voting for politicians like you, but most of all, we need to free this country from the influence of the politically driven cultural Marxists who control Victoria and so many of our universities. They, Progressives all, who by their bad ideas brought us this insane destruction, are the true cause of crime.