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Ramesh, well, not being a criminologist, I don’t have statistics at hand to prove the point, but I’m inclined to think that if people are treated like trash, there’s a high likelihood that that is what they will become. Of course, there will always be those who are mad, bad and dangerous to know. No amount of rehabilitation will change them. If, however, society fills jail after jail with comparatively (and I use the word advisedly) innocuous people, many of whom will be very poorly educated, and then tells them (in effect) that it has given up on them, that removes what little hope and aspiration that they may have once had. That’s the situation that we now have in our prisons, and I can’t help but think that it contributes to the appalling nature of the culture that prevails within them, a culture that will in the end emerge to haunt the society outside.

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