Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.

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Monday, 15 September 2014


The sentencing of prolific offenders can  pose  particular problems.  When these offenders have pages of shoplifting convictions custody can be the only option when our duty of public protection is considered.  The vast majority of such people  owe their offending to a life blighted by alcohol and/or drug addiction.  In a rational system of health and justice the right of society to supercede the rights of the individual   to the benefit of both would be a no brainer.  Every government parrots the mantra of rehabilitation and the need to keep offenders out of prison.  Yet when it comes to dealing with those such as this woman we are like a swimmer splashing about in a sea of custard going nowhere but making a huge noise and spraying the goo everywhere.  Compulsory treatment at a drying out centre under strict confined medical control is the only humane way for the scourge of criminally funded  addiction to be controlled and eventually minimised and eliminated.  The Priory Clinic does it for those who have the money.  Surely the state has no less a duty to us all, addicted offenders and citizens of good character alike,  to do it for the common good?  Banning entry to Tesco`s or any other retailer is p****** into the wind.

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