Monday, September 05, 2005

Community Service

Today I saw a couple of lads that look like they got themselves in trouble being lead by policemen in the Courts/Public prosecution area. I heard a little while ago that the minister of interior was kind enough to get the inmates at the Jao prison Aljazeera sports access after it was scrambled, so they can enjoy the spanish league... He seems to me like a moderate fellow you can talk sense to.... So I'll propose something, and I hope one of the informers that look over the blogs and websites is kind enough to include it in his/her report to the secret investigation department.. and maybe they can show it to the minister, and if lightning can strike twice in the same spot, there is a chance he might like it.

Mr. Minister, how about we introduce community service to the penal system we have in Bahrain? Rather than waste money hiring guards, satellite dishes, nasty food, and police cars, how about take a different route with juveniles? Taking them to prison just exposes them to bad role models... people most likely in for bigger crimes... just like that movie "the usual suspects"

For example.. you catch a drunk kid wrecking daddy's car... dont just throw him in jail and slap him with a fine... make him do 40 hours of... lets say.. cleaning the street he had his accident in? First of all, you taught him a very valuable lesson about the environment he has a stake in, and is responsible on keeping safe for himself and everyone else, and second, you saved money on hiring someone to sweep the street.

A bunch of kids get in a fight, for example. Throwing them in the joint might lead to things like... getting used to the legal system... a sense of apathy next time they think of committing a crime, or a backlash that might make it hard for them to get back to mainstream society. How about you give them 40 hours of taking care of the elderly, for example? Its a nice social initiative too.

I think we will have a more responsible generation... eheh and cheap labor


Anonymous Mahmood Al-Yousif said...

and that might actually shame them, especially if they are made to sweep streets, clean sewers, whatever manual labour you throw at them, and I totally agree that this is (1) needed, (2) much more effective than throwing them into already crowded jails, and (3) it immediately gets them to understand consequences to their actions will be seen by all and sundry.

But we need a good judiciary for that to happen, and just as importantly the concept of "correctional institutions" rather than "incarceration" to take hold.

Written laws with clear punishments is also a must as is speedy court workflow.

A lot.. all of which as you suggested must be led by a charismatic and dynamic person to get the job done.

The Minister of the Interior has that... does the Justice guy fit the bill?

8:45 PM  
Blogger The Joker said...

To be honest I heard good stuff about that guy too.

The point of community service isn't shame in the first degree... but awareness, and as you stated correction rather than incarceration.

We don't have a problem with the laws... we just have a problem with the people applying them.

10:05 PM  
Anonymous ExCluSivE said...

I totally agree; you make an excellent point. My first day at court, a judge sentenced a teenager for 6 months for forced armed robbery, he stole a hand bag and ran, too bad he got caught on the same street! The judge was like "since you have a clean background and you're a student, your sentence is 6 months; since you spent 5 months in jail (under investigation) you have only one month left. Hope you've learned your lesson" Here in our country you get 3 to 15 years for forced armed robbery but in this case I was against applying it because the criminal was a teenager. Jail (under investigation) and community service would've taught him a lesson, provided that they "investigate" in a reasonable period because everything here takes ages!

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"For example.. you catch a drunk kid wrecking daddy's car... dont just throw him in jail and slap him with a fine..."

Good post except for this above. Drunk Drivers need to be in JAIL. They kill and mame people and should not be given an easy time of it.

1:36 AM  
Blogger Scorpio said...

A lot of the time community service orders are used because they're a cheap. I'm not sure how effective they are.

They're often evaded by criminals -I remember one time in the UK singer Mark 'Return of the Mac' Morrison was found to be employing one of his mates to carry out his community service order doing gardening in an old people's home.
It was only because he got followed by the tabloids that it came out.

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Joker said...

Scorpio, we have a fool proof system here. If someone is followed by the tabloids, they're above the law anyway.
But seriously, most people won't throw their trash in the street if they spent part of their adolecense cleaning them... How effective is the implimentation is something else..

anonymous.. now that you mention it.. a drunk driver deserves more than a slap on the hand.. Maybe cleaning up puke in bars?

5:35 PM  
Blogger ShawarmaBoy said...


You are "messing" the point. They should be cleaning the streets, empty lots, the beach, cleaning graffiti, mowing laws etc while wearing their name and address on a sandwhich board for all to see. The combinatoin of SHAME and HARD work work as a punishment will do wonders.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the bastards who happily rape women then get slapped with a BD 100.000 fine and are given the option of amarrying the poor female who ahs no choice but the marry the rapist or get on with her screwed up life, I mean can we chop his dick off in public so to deter other potential rapists and give the victim the chance to do it in public.

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