Pete Doherty: ‘Prison works – it keeps you off the street’

Babyshambles man gives his verdict on UK justice system

Pete Doherty has said he believes that the UK prison system is effective as it keeps criminals from committing crimes while in jail.

The Babyshambles man, who has spent time in prison for breaching probation in 2008 and theft in 2003, was speaking alongside Graham Coxon in a video interview for political/music organisation Instigate Debate. Watch it by scrolling down and clicking below.

“It keeps you off the street, doesn’t it,” Doherty said of the UK prison system. “It works in that way. But it doesn’t stop you offending. Not through rehabilitation… Prison works, because it stops you committing crime. Unless you’re going to stab someone in the showers.”

He also spoke about violence on the streets of the UK. “I think it’s to do with drugs and guns,” he said. “I’m not scared of a pissed-up geordie. I’m scared of a kid with a gun. A pikey.”

Instigate Debate are holding a “political circus” event on April 26 at London‘s Union Chapel. See for details.