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  1. Some of these scoundrels only have 'enemies' and are certainly bereft of 'friends' outside, and normal society is a daunting place for them, as opposed to the cushty life which they enjoy in prison. Some of them are better off in prison, for their own sake, let alone that of others.
  2. Given the quality of life available 'inside', it may be more a case of the other 80 odd thousand over here whom are up to their eyes in mortgages, rent, bills, can't afford a gym membership, or pensioners spending their life savings to be locked up in a building that stinks of piss, with 'hospitality' provided by minimum wage works (or less), are the ones lacking the brain cell...
  3. Everyone coming out of the woodwork now to get a room at Her Majesty's...
  4. And there is the Craig we all know and hate. Have fun barking up that wrong tree pal. Speaking of dealing, so after all of your time incarcerated, i'm not sure keeping your 'stock' in your baby's pram will be appropriate for you any more, need to find somewhere else to stash it. You chose to lead a life than has made you a figure of hatred over here - no one forced you to make the choices you did, so if you have difficulty living with your new found conscience, finding career opportunities, or anything else that resembles a 'life', tough shit - you earned the name, you deserve it.
  5. I don't know who this wife of yours is, don't know who her ex husband was, and don't know anything of the kids. Moreover, I won't comment on any of that as I have no issue with any of them. I do however hope, for her sake, she see's you for what you are, and sooner rather than later. And no, you are not sorry for your past. You may be able to come out with a load of nonsense on TV and have people believe it, but I ain't buying, and time will prove me right.
  6. I'm not surprised. Before long, the IOM Prison will be advertised on Expedia...'Experience a 5 star stay at the islands most up to date, hospitable, 5 star hotel for no fee, just nick an old dears walking stick as soon as you get off the boat to qualify for this offer' - criminals will come from far and wide. Bollocks.
  7. Whilst the number of criminals may be low, the volume of crimes they commit is far from it, and multiple crimes mean multiple victims. As for the system, it is overkill for some, and not fit for purpose for others, so throwing out, perhaps not, but changes are required imo. I'm well aware that magic wands don't exist, but 'bloody big sticks' do, and as per the excellent link that many posted, i'm very much in favour of the deterrence model.
  8. The issue goes above all of them, so I don't have a problem with them, I do however have a problem with the limitations which are placed upon them, and the fact that nothing is being done to arm them with the tools required to deal with ALL classes of offenders, not just the petty offenders.
  9. I can understand your position in not wishing to answer questions 1 & 2. In respect of your general answer however, I have to say i'm disappointed. If "at the other end of the spectrum there are multiple repeat offenders, who are never rehabilitated..", we might as well do away with the police, the courts, the lawyers and the prison right now, as in a nutshell, all of the aforementioned, which I will refer to as our 'justice system', is doing little more than providing free rent at Butlins for the 'multiple repeat offenders', at great expense to the taxpayer I should add. Perhaps we should just punish the 'lesser criminals' i.e., those who offend once or twice, and those in the middle who are married with kids by their 30's. I find it fascinating that the justice system is 'fit for purpose' in respect of those who will generally grow out of childish behaviour , or make the odd mistake (who generally rehabilitate themselves...), yet it is completely unfit for purpose for those 'other end of the spectrum repeat offenders', and our government, rather than focusing on the issues at hand, clearly favour advertising the fact that 'we only punish/rehabilitate petty criminals' and support the lifestyles of repeat (often dangerous) offenders, to the nation. I'm afraid there is a series of epic failures here, and a complete abdication of responsibility by our collective 'justice system'.
  10. Okay, let's cut the figures, statistics, and other such factors, and let us cut to the chase. I will focus on Mr Varey, as he is a prime example of an individual who poses significant danger to others (like I mentioned earlier, i'm not interested in someone who has nicked a pint of milk, nor the effect such petty crimes have on statistics). John: 1. Of your 40 years of being in court weekly (an attendance record which may run close to that of Mr Varey, for different purposes of course), have you ever represented Mr Varey? (i'm expecting you won't answer this, but I ask anyway)? 2. If, during your 40 years in court, you have represented Mr Varey, how do you feel about him being released, back on the streets, to terrorise people again (either after a short spell at Her Majesty's, or if he has walked from court a free man)? 3. Given Mr Varey's repeat offences over a sustained period, and subsequent repeat custodial sentences, can you tell us how the penal system has successfully rehabilitated him? And let's be honest, it's not as if there haven't been many opportunities to do so... 4. Again, given Mr Varey's history of reoffending, with serious crimes, what vehicles would you suggest that the Manx penal system has to successfully rehabilitate him Now, i'm not really expecting you to answer any of the above (perhaps except questions 3 & 4), but I wouldn't mind being proven wrong.
  11. Manxy - to be fair myself, I wasted enough of my life dealing with that piece of shit, and the only reason I watched the programme in the first place was for a selfish, somewhat perverse sense of personal satisfaction through watching him suffer for his crimes; however, what I actually see is him in his 'happy place', full of the joys of Spring, without a care in the world. Is it any wonder i'm pissed off with what I see? I don't really give a shit about his human rights, policies, procedures, protocols or whatever else tbh - he has made many, many people suffer over the years, and deserves the same level of contempt with which he has treated society, and those within in for many years. If feeling that way makes me the bad guy, so be it, and give me a wrench to turn that screw whilst we are on the subject, as I would happily turn it with everything I could muster, and with a bloody big smile on my face whilst doing so.
  12. No, being locked up isn't a punishment, certainly not for repeat offenders. Lets take the notorious Mr Varey as a prime example - his life, in prison, is far more 'comfortable' than it is outside, so ultimately, someone will suffer, so he doesn't have to. He puts other people at risk to support his own lifestyle, and we call this punishment? Tell me, how exactly has this guy been reformed by the penal system, having been a repeat resident at Her Majesty's service? How should his victims feel knowing that when he's outside, he is a risk to others, and whilst he is inside, he is in a place where he has no worries, no stresses, and can enjoy a standard of life which is unachievable for him outside? It is a lose-lose situation for his victims, and a win-win for him, so unless there is a change whereby his punishment is proportionate to his crime, there is no encouragement whatsoever for him to correct his ways. Perhaps next time he decides to introduce someone to a knife edge, and kills them, we will all take solace from the fact that he is once again in prison, apparently reformed, because everyone decided to give him a hug and reassure him its okay to terrorise people. I do however agree that sometimes, a more positive experience inside can lead to a reformed character. How to differentiate between who deserves a supportive network, and who deserves to be treated like a piece of shit is quite a task, but that is no excuse whatsoever to treat a murderer to the same standard of life to someone who got caught nicking a neighbours pint of milk. The fact still remains that punishment should fit the crime, so in the case of violent crimes, sexual crimes, or any other such abuse should not be rewarded with an xbox, overindulgence of Basset's finest, and a pair of jeans which make your arse seemingly change shape.
  13. So instead, we make their stay so welcoming and enjoyable in prison that the day they leave, they realise they will never enjoy such a privileged life on the outside, so they go on a crime spree once again, only this time, performing even worse crimes in the hope that they get a longer stay next time...
  14. Well, when someone has punched you repeatedly, kicked you, stomped on you, followed you home, intimidated your family etc, i'm sure and reasonable victim would sleep easy knowing that he spent 10 months in the nick playing on a playstation, and is now an angel sent from above to spend the rest of his days being wholesome member of the community. Sorry, not buying. I had sustained contact with this individual, and know his act inside out. Charming, friendly, helpful etc (exactly as he comes across on the programme) as long as you turn a blind eye to his shenanigans. Then, in the blink of an eye, you are on the receiving end of one of the most vicious individuals out there. Only thing I hope is that next time he's playing with kitchen utensils, he's on the receiving end, as that's what his life of crime deserves, not a few months in prison 'with privileges'. Funny thing is, I never reported him to the police. Having now seen this programme, i'm glad I didn't - would have been rewarding him for his behaviour, and that, says it all, about our 'justice' system.
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