The first speaker in 2012 was Philip Davies our local MP, who gave a very informative talk to a full house on his experiences on The Criminal Justice System. Having visited twelve prisons and reform centres throughout the UK and also visits to prisons in Denmark and Holland he was able to offer his thoughts ( not necessarily the party line) on where we should be making changes to reduce the crime level.
With the help of Home Office statistics, he concentrated on issues such as levels of re-offending, personality disorders within the prison population, the purpose of prison, work ethic, bail, cost of keeping prisoners in jail and rehabilitation along with restorative justice.
There followed a lively question and answer session with the members lasting forty minutes.
This talk from Mr Davies has, for some years now , become a regular annual event dealing with topics such as , education and the police. Looking ahead to 2013, he has offered to present a follow-up talk on the issue of crime, concentrating on the part played nowadays by DNA and CCTV evidence.
At our next meeting on January 18th , we look forward to a slide show given by Roy and Jean Vickers.