London Daily Express: Sin bins for worst families

Thursday July 23,2009
By Alison Little

THOUSANDS of the worst families in England are to be put in “sin bins” in a bid to change their bad behaviour, Ed Balls announced yesterday.

The Children’s Secretary set out £400 million [$675 million US] plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV super-vision [close circuit security cameras] in their own homes.

They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.

Private security guards will also be sent round to carry out home checks, while parents will be given help to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

Around 2,000 families have gone through these Family Intervention Projects so far.
But ministers want to target 20,000 more in the next two years, with each costing between £5,000 [$8,500 US] and £20,000 [$33,700 US] – a potential total bill of £400million.

Ministers hope the move will reduce the number of youngsters who get drawn into crime because of their chaotic family lives, as portrayed in Channel 4 comedy drama Shameless.

Sin bin projects operate in half of council areas already but Mr Balls wants every local authority to fund them.

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[Ed. Is this what we want for America? Because this is what our government imagines for us as it endeavors to supplant our Constitution with “international law,” and to “socialize” our society.]

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