By Susie Coen For The Daily Mail
Published: 01:37 BST, 16 September 2019 | Updated: 01:39 BST, 16 September 2019
The criminal justice system is 'dysfunctional, broken and on the floor', the head of the police watchdog said last night.
Sir Thomas Winsor, chief inspector of constabulary, said the amount of resources invested in preventing crime was 'inexcusably low'.
He added that the 'corrosive effects of readily available hardcore pornography' had exacerbated a rise in violent crime.
Sir Thomas's comments came as James Bourke, the governor of HMP Winchester, said the rehabilitation of criminals was a 'fantasy'. He added that it was farcical to think a four-week prison sentence could reverse a lifetime of issues [File photo]
Sir Thomas said prisoners were often victims of abuse and must be treated for their 'mental ill-health' in secure hospitals.
Writing in The Times, he said: 'Extraordinarily little police time is spent on [the] prevention of crime.
'Very high proportions of people in prison are unwell, uneducated, undervalued and justifiably angry. In childhood, many have suffered or