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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Birthday Cards for Criminals

In the UK, police are sending repeat offenders birthday cards, with rhymes urging reforms.  According to the Scotsman, here are two rehabilitative verses: “Another year, have you changed your life? You know that crime brings trouble and strife. Now it’s up to you, we can assist. Let’s cross your name off our list.” “On your birthday we wish you well. We would hate to see you in a cell. Time to change, we can assist. Let’s cross your name off our list.”  With writing of this quality, it is hard to see how these reform efforts could possibly fail. [Jack Chin]

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