August 25th, 2008

Red Letters

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

Convicted criminals owe more than £500 million in unpaid fines.

Figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal that by March this year £500,630,569 was owed to the courts. This was a rise of over £14 million from the same period in the previous year.

Many people found gulty at court receive a fine as an alternative to a prison sentence, so not paying effectively means they escape scott-free. They must be quaking in their boots when they come up in front of the beak.

But no fear, there is a new system where the courts can text the laxed-payers & send them messages reminding them to pay their fines. Records don’t seem to exist on how many people are suddenly prompted to pay when they receive such a message, nor how the courts are able to find out which particular nicked mobile they happen to be using at the time.

I wonder what the country could do with an extra £500 million; it could pay for at least a small percentage of the  monumental waste of money in some NHS computer system or other or maybe fund 23,000 extra police officers.

The Ministry of Justice said clamping down on fine dodgers is a continued priority & the amount unpaid was down more than 10% in many areas.

So that’s all right then.

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