What is this handbasket we’re in, and where is it going?

Scared Straight

Pre-PS – I’m well aware of the gigantic lag between this post and my last one…

Leave it to Australia to bring to the forefront the real reason a young man probably doesn’t want to find himself incarcerated. Here in the states (and this program is presumably a world-wide thing, I wouldn’t know) we tend to focus on the “scared straight” tactic of carting inmates into our schools or wherever to yell and swear at troubled kids in an effort to scare them from committing crimes that would end them in jail /runonsentence. An Aussie court has taken a different tack, however, warning a young driver of the “big, ugly, hairy strong men…who will pay a lot of attention to you – and your anatomy.”

The young man, a 19-year-old with a rap sheet that includes charges of failing to stop at a police alcohol checkpoint and driving without a license, was making his third court appearance for driving charges. He was given the warning and prohibited from driving until 2013 and shipped off to Van Diemen’s land is required to perform 150 hours of community service.  Excluding fellows like Grant Balfour, it’s obvious they either don’t know how to count down under, or don’t play baseball…It’s supposed to be three strikes and you’re out, not four.

At the very least, this is a new frontier on the war against crime (we’re already fighting intangibles like terror, drugs, illiteracy, hunger – why not crime?).  The prospect of a big, big strong man with hairy knuckles paying meticulous attention to me and my anatomy would certainly be enough to make me pull over at that alcohol checkpoint.


January 8, 2009 - Posted by | All the news that's fit to hear

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