Monday, April 18, 2011

Is prison for serious offenders?

I thought that prison was for serious offenders who were a danger to the public or posed a great risk of re-offending. Andrew Ryan has been sent to prison for 70 days. Sentencing him at Carlisle Magistrates' Court, District Judge Gerald Chalk said: "This is a case of theatrical bigotry."

So, what was this act of theatrical bigotry? Well it got off to a poor start as observed by Ryan's former probation officer. Andrew Ryan wanted to follow in the footsteps of Pastor Terry Jones and burn a copy of the Koran. He failed in his first attempt with matches before he succeeded with a lighter. So, not the brightest spark in the box!

Okay, I understand that his actions are offensive to Muslims but did his actions really warrant 70 days in prison at tax payers expense? Andrew Ryan has been very foolish and childish. He should be treated as a naughty child and put on the naughty step, have some privileges withdrawn and sent to bed early. There are other control measures that could be given to Andrew to encourage him to grow up and act like an adult.

Instead, the general public have to pay more for this unemployed fool to be held in prison for 70 days. This is a bad joke at tax payers expense and demonstrates a knee-jerk reaction from our justice system.
If he purchased his own Koran then it was his property to do what he wants with. Tim
He stole the Koran from the Carlisle Public Library and was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the theft of the book, to run concurrently.

That is both criminal and rather sad as he could have purchased an Amazon Kindle eBook version of the Koran for just 70p.
Yes, but it's harder to burn in eBook format! Tim
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