Last week as every week in most English Magistrates` Courts an offender pleaded to be given a custodial sentence to enable him to overcome his drug habit. The short sentence in prison resulting from his breach of a civil order will not cure him of his addiction. The medical and probation sevices are unable to cope. The NHS is in crisis. Prisons are overcrowded to the point of chaos. Drugs and alcohol are as easily available as ever inside prison and out. Lobbyists are pressing for the abolition of short custodial sentences. MOJ budgets are not cut to the bone; they are cutting through the bone. The current methods and theories of rehabilitation are failing the poorest. As mentioned once previously here in a different context and attributed to Einstein but not verifiable, "insanity can be defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". By this definition our rulers are in need of treatment as much as if not more than any of us.