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Post no. 64 (The Prison Queen)

December 15, 2011

Came across this just now – in the times online:

Former prison inmate Josette Bickle has been convicted by a jury of drug possession and trafficking at the prisons between 2006 and 2008.

The jury returned an 8-1 verdict after some three hours of deliberation.

The trial started on Monday, with the court hearing how Bickle lived ‘like a queen’ and had practically free rein at the prisons. Fellow inmates claimed they were treated as her ‘slaves’ and warders were afraid of her.

The court was also told that Bickle amassed a quantity of items as payment for drugs, including four televisions sets and a sound surround system. Money given to the prisoners for their work was also diverted to her.

Sentence is expected tomorrow.

Click here if you want to see a picture of the palace.

Sometimes you just wonder whether Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were based on real life happenings. From what I gathered, sending this dame to gaol is doing her a favour. I’d bet that her quality of life is better on the inside than outside.

Now I don’t want to appear judgemental, but what will this woman learn by being released back into her habitat? I don’t think she’s an endangered species in her own right, is she?

Everybody has an opinion about the justice system blah, blah, blah. But are we really doing such people a good turn by sending them to prison? What will society benefit from her imprisonment? And this is – IMO, always – particularly valid in the case of drug dealers. Remove one and two others pop out of the concrete to take his/her place.

Talk about making her see the error of her ways will always sound a tad far fetched. Besides you’ll have to forgive me, because I’ve just finished A clockwork orange (more about that soon) and my mind’s abuzz with all that cal 🙂 Seasoned criminals and what have you …

Excuse the gibberish but I was really impressed with the whole idea. They can’t not send her to gaol, yet they know that sending her back in will make no difference at all – except that she’ll terrorise a few of her loyal subjects.  Perhaps they’re using her as a disincentive for new customers to become habitués… What do you know?


From → Misfires

One Comment
  1. The problem is what to do with individuals who are themselves addicted and who refuse all offers of treatment and who seem immune to all pressures to seek rehabilitation.Let them run free causing mayhem and trafficking with impunity?

    [Reply] It all boils down to how we bear the responsibility of our moral freedom.

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