Friday, July 09, 2010


I was watching a man in the dock clutching a paper bag. He was in extreme danger of vomitting and was shaking like a leaf.

The problem was that he had been detained overnight in a police cell and hadn't been able to take his methodone prescription. He was on a dose of around 100mg, so he must have been a recent serious heroin addict.

On top of this, he had learning disabilities and didn't seem too clear why he was there. To make matters even worse, it was one of the hottest days of the year and it must have been stifling behind the plexiglass.

And his alleged crime ?

"Animal cruelty"

Sometimes the criminal justice system really doesn't get it.

1 comment:

phatboy said...

I think the CJS gets it.

It's just that various authorities misuse the CJS by putting it to tasks it's not designed for.