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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Is Blunkett really this mad?

According to the Sunday Herald:

On Tuesday, Blunkett will fight in the Royal Courts of Justice in London for the right to charge victims of miscarriages of justice more than £3000 for every year they spent in jail while wrongly convicted.

So if you get wrongly convicted and have to do time, you’ve to pay for the cost of keeping you in prison! And all this whilst the govt is working hard to make it easier to convict the accused…

How can anyone trust a government that displays such contempt for individual rights?

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