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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Location: Near London, United Kingdom

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


I have often commented on the fact that for many people any sentence not including imprisonment is no more than a slap on the wrist, and that there is a widespread view that prison sentences are too short.

According to the (rather out-of-date) figures published by the Home Office, if we were to incarcerate the same percentage of our population as the United States does, then instead of the 78,000 people currently in prison in the UK we would have to find room for 385,000.

Makes you think, doesn't it?