A certain D. Trump persuaded me that rather than taking a trip on a Mississippi river boat my holiday spending power would be more welcome at points in an easterly direction. The desert awaits so all being well this page will be updated in a couple of weeks.
Many times here I have castigated the refusal of our overlords to consider compulsory rehab for addicts so that the court system is finally avoided for those 70% who are repeatedly offending in order to finance their habit be it narcotics or alcohol or both.However I doubt we`ll see that initiative for many a long decade. A perfect example was in front of Kirklees Magistrates this week. Whilst he is deserving of pity the public must be protected. I cannot believe that the costs of re hab would exceed the costs of prison including a reduction in future offending and all that that would save. Indeed with new prisons on the horizon existing establishments could be converted to such hostels and these being mainly in cities family ties would have a real possibility of being restored between addict and parents/partners/children.
Almost seven years ago after Labour was thrown out of government the decision to impose identity cards for all was rescinded by Mrs T. May the new Home Secretary. Libertarians and perhaps many others not so single minded about retaining their privacy in an increasingly big brother state were extremely pleased at that announcement. Identity Cards for all, a policy so fervently espoused by successive Labour Home Secretaries, are now history or so we hope but the problem of privacy for the citizen didn`t begin in this century.
So, we’re still discussing the fallout of Sir Tom Winsor’s comments almost one week after they were made. A few of us have blogged our thoughts on this and many of you have commented on those posts and social medica more generally. We all share a view that there is a problem, but I’m not sure we share what it is, never mind a shared sense of what we should do about it. Some people have spent the week arguing that we are criminalising mental health and mental illness by relying upon the police to the extent that we do, but what I think has been interesting this week is the number of representations that we’ve got this the wrong way ’round: we’re not criminalising illness, we’re medicalising human behaviours.
Look at the literature on this stuff and you’ll see both positions well represented. The US academic Professor Linda Teplin did a lot of work in the 90s arguing about criminalisation; another US professor, Allan Horwitz wrote a book called ‘creating mental illness’ which argued we...
There is a shortage of magistrates in Wigan. The local paper has published the following statement from Liz Truss to encourage applicants. I wonder how much is still applicable to today`s situation.
The Lord Chancellor Liz Truss said: “The involvement of lay people - recruited from a cross-section of our society - is a central principle in the administration of justice. It helps safeguard our citizens, with crucial decisions affecting an individual’s liberty being decided not by officials of the state - but by an independent bench of trained magistrates drawn from the local...
The Prison Service and police are to pool intelligence to stop drones flying drugs and mobile phones to prison inmates in England and Wales.
They will forensically examine captured drones to try to find out who was flying them. The invention of easy-to-fly, remote-controlled aircraft has caused a huge security headache for prisons. But critics have called the plan a "red herring" to distract people from "chaos and crisis" in prisons.
The national initiative will see police and prison officers share information about the quadcopters and methods used. Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said: "We are absolutely determined to tackle the illegal flow of drugs and mobile phones into our prisons and turn them into places of safety and reform. "The threat posed by drones is clear but our dedicated staff are committed to winning the fight against those who are attempting to thwart progress by wreaking havoc in establishments all over the country. "My message to those who ...