The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Monday, June 15, 2009

One For The Gradgrinds*

Most misconceptions about the criminal justice system are not susceptible to factual correction, since those holding them are usually set in their views for one reason or another. But for those of you interested in the hows and whys of the prison population, here is a fascinating document (it's a pdf) that a fellow magistrate unearthed recently: MoJ Prison Document

Unfortunately, if you flooded the country with posters pointing out that average sentence lengths have increased considerably in recent years, nobody would believe you.

* "Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them" - Hard Times (Dickens)