It’s welcome up to a point that the prime minister is turning his attention to prisons; but fewer prisoners means better prisons. Punishment makes people think of themselves; restorative justice encourages them to think of their victims. Education is important, but is easier and less expensive to provide in the community than in prison. Remember not only victims of mugging and burglary, but of frauds, mis-selling, pollution etc. by big companies – their directors should also be put on probation and re-educated.