Scotland Uses Criminal Cash to Fund Arts Education

 - Mar 25, 2009
References: egovmonitor
It’s like taking candy from a baby, only it’s taking money from criminals and giving it back to the children.

Over one million pounds of cash taken from lawbreakers will be used to help children explore, and learn about, the arts and various other media.

According to Culture Minister Michael Russell, "Access to arts and culture must not be a luxury - it should be a necessity. The Creative Identities project, which targets looked after children and young carers, will help in some way to achieve that aim. We know that giving young people the opportunity to take part in creative activities gives them the chance to become happier and more confident. That’s why it’s right that we are recycling the proceeds of crime into arts and cultural activities."

Voltaire said, "The sentiment of justice is so natural, and so universally acquired by all mankind, that it seems to be independent of all law, all party, all religion."