Strand: Law and Order

In recent years, the answer to many perceived social problems has been to create a new law regulating or even criminalising activities. Is resorting to the law the best way to deal with such problems, particularly in situations where there is controversy over whether there is really a problem at all? What is the proper role of prison for those who do get sent there - rehabilitation, punishment or deterrence? Is the idea of rehabilitation a salve for guilty liberal consciences or a worthwhile attempt to turn prisoners' lives around?