The above headline is the conclusion I drew from the Daily Mail’s piece on a Travelodge in York which employs three murderers. The Daily Mail has revealed that the Travelodge knowingly employees these women, who have been released from prison. The whole tone of the piece is very negative and critical of the decision. The result of this piece makes it more likely that these women will be fired, as Travelodge will want to avoid the adverse publicity and possible boycotts and protests.
The trio applied for the jobs at the hotel branch in Piccadilly, York, while serving sentences at Askham Grange Prison as part of a scheme to get offenders into jobs soon after they are released.
Apart from executing them all, it is unclear what the Daily Mail would have done differently with these women. I have no idea whether they were guilty or not, or whether their sentences were appropriate. But in the eyes of the law they were deemed fit to be released from prison. Upon release from prison they had three main choices: to commit more crimes, to claim benefits or to find work. I would have thought that the last option would have been the most attractive for the general public, as it means that no more crimes would be committed by this individual and they wouldn’t be living off taxpayers. A job would also help them to reintegrate into society. If people don’t want reintegration, then logically no criminal should ever be released, whatever their crime. The Travelodge’s spokesman’s response was admirable (as is their whole programme with the prison), but I wonder how long it will last:
‘The workers from the rehabilitation programme are constantly assessed and have proven to be dedicated and hard-working individuals.’
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