Spent all day in court today with my Legal Studies students. We were privileged to be able to speak for some time with a judge who gave the students a great talk on his work and the difficulties of sentencing. Later in the day, the trial we were observing was adjourned for half an hour because an expert witness had not yet arrived. The barrister for the prosecution spent the time chatting with our students and answering all manner of questions. Generous with his time and knowledge. He was a Tasmanian so I suppose that's why (I know you Tasmanian readers will be nodding your heads in approval). He's been in law 20 years and had no intention originally of becoming a criminal lawyer. Fascinating stories. And I think he scared our soon-to-be driving students very effectively about the dangers of driving. Actually, road trauma was a theme the judge took up as well. They have obviously both been quite affected by the driving cases they've worked on.
Anyway, a brilliant day.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
So, here's an interesting statistic my Legal Studies students and I were looking at this week:
In NSW, 30% of people in prison come
from just four postcodes and most
others from ten. In Victoria 25% of
prisoners come from 2% of postcodes
CORRECTIVE SERVICES NSW 2011 INMATE CENSUS
COMMUNITY, ADVERSITY AND RESILIENCE
(2004) TABLE 3.1, P.49
Friday, February 7, 2014
Oh, yeah. That car picture is totally the wrong season. But it just looks so good right now....
Thursday, February 6, 2014
"I know," you say to yourself, "I'll sew/knit/craft/quilt something special just for them!" And they love it.....but it was so much work you vow to buy everyone gift cards from now on. Should have stuck one of these labels on it.