Tuesday, November 8, 2011
States of Denial
There is a group of prisoners who labour under the weight of a special acronym - IDOM. This is bureaucrat jargon for those Lifers who protest their innocence. IDOM means "In Denial of Murder", and it is a ticket to a difficult and lengthy sentence.
Denial works both ways, and the criminal justice system has a long and disreputable history in this regard.
Consider the numbers; some 85,000 people in prison. If the criminal justice system has achieved the improbable level of being 95% perfect that would mean there are over 4,000 innocent people in prison.
Just who is in denial here?
Labels: Ministry of Justice