My word, he\’s doing a Polly. At least he understand the concept that there\’s a difference between correlation and causality.
This doesn\’t demonstrate a causal relationship.
The only snag is that he doesn\’t apply it to his central argument.
And why, in the United Kingdom, is imprisonment still rising? It\’s not because of rising crime. Last year crimes recorded by the police fell by 2%, while the most serious violent offences fell by 9%.
No, I don\’t insist that this is true, I only put it forward as one of those ideas that does need to be discussed in this context.
Maybe prison works? Maybe banging up criminals reduces the number of people willing to become criminals and risk being banged up?