Prison is a very good place for some people, in fact it’s exactly where they are meant to be.
The sentencing guidelines were clear when it came to punishing the student who threw a fire extinguisher off a roof during the student protests. But I can’t see the logic in locking him up for two years eight months.
Edward Woollard handed himself in – after encouragement from his mother – and pleaded guilty. He had never been in trouble with the police before, was remorseful and had a family behind him that wasn’t prepared to excuse what he’d done, but did seem willing to support him.
He was an idiot who deserved to be punished. But prison is also about rehabilitation and this was a chance to look past the guidelines.