A (thankfully) retiring Judge, Alan Goldsack QC, has made a speech calling for the forced snatching of babies by the state from mothers or families, to stop them from following said parents into crime, prostitution or drug use:
Some people become criminals because they enjoy crime and think it’s a good way of life and if they don’t get caught they think they can have a good lifestyle.
But a frightening thing is the number of people I see who are the grandchildren of the people I have prosecuted and defended 40 years ago – because crime runs in families in the same way that being a doctor, teacher or lawyer does.
We have to get in on the ground and remove young babies from the families that are going to produce the next generation of criminals, and that is why I did family law right up until the end because I think it is very important work.
I have read so many pre-sentence reports where I said to myself ‘why was this person not adopted at birth? All the signs were there’.
How about the likes of Goldsack stopping and thinking about why known criminals who have gone through the justice system are re-offending? We have too few prison spaces that allow inmates to go through rehabilitation and be helped to change their behaviour and start building skills they can take into the community after their release. Many just need to be given a chance to sort their lives out. Yes, some people are plain criminal and will re-offend. Fine. Leave them locked up for longer where they can do no more harm to society.
It’s not the failed care system that should bear all the blame in the way Goldsack asserts. It’s the failed penal system that keeps turning out on to the street unreformed offenders who have been coddled with a raft of facilities they probably couldn’t afford on the outside, and allowed to take drugs to ensure prison officers get a quieter time of it. Goldsack’s vision is one of surrender to the inevitability of repeat offending and shifting blame away from the legal system he is part of. It’s pathetic.
It is only the suggestion of a retiring Judge, but make no mistake the Common Purpose indoctrinated elements of social services will seize upon it and push it up the agenda. Give this additional power to the state and there will be injustices and corruption by the bucket load as rights are trampled down and the bonds between many mothers and children up and down the country are severed without good cause or effective checks and balances.