I wasn’t sure whether to list this essay under inspiration or philosophy. Andy West regularly visits what in Britain they call prison for children, and teaches the young inmates about philosophy.
He implies the reason in the first paragraph: his older brother had spent time in such a place.
If you have read Hit and Run, you will know about the evidence on what works with young criminals. Andy is aware of this evidence, and refers to it with passion.
Punishment is a form of revenge by society against someone who has made the wrong choices, almost always because of being the victim of other people’s wrong choices. The way to reduce crime is to inspire the young person to decide to follow a good role model.
This is what Andy is doing. More power to him.
He has written this article for The Guardian as publicity for his book. You might want to check it out.