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.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

They Do Things Differently in America (2)

The website of the US Bureau of Prisons at Bureau of Prisons, tells us that there are currently about 180,000 inmates in Federal(NB)prisons and that 54.1% of them are in for drugs offences. No other type of offence comes close. I have not seen the stats for England and Wales, but I am pretty sure that drink and drug related offences make up the largest single part of our business, if you exclude the routine motoring stuff.

Makes you think, doesn't it?