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.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Slipping From The Dock To The Bay

I have just come back from a weekend away to find, amid the usual torrent of spam, that The Guardian has borrowed the Archer/Hollesley Bay story. They have the kindness to refer to the blog as 'acclaimed', but I have little or no confidence that a cheque might be in the post.
This story points out the consequences of NOMS' use of open prisons as overflows for the crammed closed estate. I went to Hollesley Bay some time ago, and I felt then, as I feel now, that it has to be right to try to ease prisoners who have served substantial sentences back into the world of work and family. Unfortunately the open prisons will now end up warehousing prisoners like so much of the closed estate.