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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Apocrypha (20)

A prison governor of my acquaintance was involved in a worthwhile programme of visiting local schools to tell pupils about the reality of prison life, in an attempt to remove any spurious glamour that teenagers might perceive in it. He found that he learnt quite a bit from the kids, including the technique for removing a tag without damaging it, so that your social life is not tiresomely disrupted by a mere court order. Apparently if you warm the bracelet slowly and carefully with a hair-dryer, the plastic softens enough for you to remove the tag and park it by the phone. We have no idea if this is true, but I should not be in the least bit surprised if it were.