Our government’s warped sense of justice

If you’re wrongly convicted of a crime, and spend time in jail as a result, the British government thinks its right and proper to charge you for the use of prison accommodation and have just won a legal battle to establish this principle. Thus the govt makes you pay for its mistake twice over, once via the jail time, once via the cost of putting you up at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

The state is not your friend (as they say on Samizdata).

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