Economist.com – God meets Mammon. The Profit of Turning Thugs into Programmers. Hey pols, here’s a secret: if you provide people with a legitimate means to satisfy thier wants and needs, they won’t resort to crime.

“Since 90% of the candidates he finds are drug addicts, the first step is a drug-treatment programme.” Not exactly model students. Nonetheless, “of the 150 or so graduates from Brother Holub’s programme, not one has been sacked. Instead, HBI graduates earn an average of $40,000 a year, and more than $63,000 after two years.” Attack the cause, not the symptoms.

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