The British government can cut the number of repeat juvenile offenders by punishing them less. So says a study published Thursday by the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and reported by Reuters.

About 75% of juvenile offenders in custody end up re-offending within a year. Instead of locking the poor misunderstood youth, the study suggests “restorative meetings” will be more successful.

And of course these magic meetings cost less than incarceration.

Don’t these people have any common sense at all? If 75% of offenders are re-offending it indicates they were not punished enough to make them fear another stint in jail. If they don’t want someone to re-offend, a harsher punishment is needed, not a lesser punishment.

Studies like these are agenda driven crap. Time for an aspirin and a cold compress. My head hurts.