The suicide rate in British prisons has doubled despiteI use the word despite in its loosest possible senseofficial attempts to reduce it. Although the average citizen is probably not too deeply concerned about this rise, there has been a great deal of adverse publicity about it. It is one of the many ways in which compassionate liberals wear their hearts on their sleeves.
I recently came across a document from Britains Royal College of Psychiatriststhe British equivalent of the American Psychiatric Associationabout suicide in prison. It was at pains to point out that the college did not blame the wardens for the rise in prison suicides. The document alluded to the high suicide rate of the wardens as well as of the prisoners. In doing so, it stated categorically, Prison staff are themselves victims of the prison system and the criminal justice system as a whole.
As well as whom, you might ask? The prisoners, of course. They are the real victims of the criminal justice system. As for the burgled, the blackmailed, the murdered, and so forththey, presumably, are the primitively vengeful victimizers.
Talk about blaming the victim! With psychiatrists like these, who needs madmen?