There’s a Netflix series about this story now. Both that series and this movie are based on a book series. Both the Netflix series and this god-awful movie are British, which makes sense the moment you begin watching it, because it’s terrible. The quality of the entire thing is just embarrassing. I tried to watch it because Tim Curry is in it, and I love him, but I couldn’t finish it. I can’t even tell you 100% what it’s about. I think it’s about a little girl who goes to a school for witches who keeps messing everything up, but ends up saving the day from an evil old witch trying to take over. So…………. Kind of like Harry Potter. A little bit.
Rating: F. I’m being 100% honest right now, this was unbearable. But it stars the head evil girl from The Craft.
It is one thing to prevent crime by improving social conditions or by making people more capable and productive; it is another thing altogether, and I would argue a lesser thing, to prevent it by frightening unproductive, desperate, and alienated people with the threat of arrest and incarceration if they break the law.
Elliott Currie, “On the Pitfalls of Spurious Prudence”
The prisons became, in a very real sense, a substitute for the more constructive social policies we were avoiding. A growing prison system was what we had instead of an antipoverty policy, instead of a comprehensive drug-treatment or mental health policy. Or, to put it even more starkly, the prison became our employment policy, our drug policy, our mental health policy, in the vacuum left by the absence of more constructive efforts…Prison, then, has increasingly become America’s social agency of first resort.