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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Thursday, 25 February 2016


Sobriety tags and alcohol sin bins are common in various American states. With posts here and many other places suggesting that the addiction being treated as a priority over punishment might have enormous advantages for society and the individuals concerned it is gratifying for once to read in an MOJ press release of the expansion in the use of alcohol sensitive tags in London in certain cases where alcohol has been an underlying cause of criminality. One can only hope that there will be severe sanctions available against those who spurn this opportunity to change their lifestyle and sober up although with a depleted and overworked probation system with reduced morale operating under financial limitations that is indeed just a hope.  

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