Archive for ‘Judicial Punishments’

October 21, 2014

The Tribunal

A follow on from Katherine’s story ‘Over the Limit’, the Correctional Services Officer involved faces a disciplinary tribunal.

By Katherine Jones

“Turner, please stand.”

Lucy felt her Union Official, Anna, grip hold of her hand and saw her offer a supportive smile as she began to get to her feet. Once stood, Lucy looked across at the sombre faces of the all-male disciplinary panel who were about to pronounce sentence.

Lucy had been the Correctional Services Officer who had supervised the caning of TV sports presenter Lizzie Arnett six months ago. The leaking of the CCTV footage of Lizzie’s caning had caused a nationwide scandal and a desperate hunt for scapegoats within the Correctional Service. As she awaited the outcome of the disciplinary hearing Lucy knew that, whatever the verdict, she had played no conscious or intentional part in the leaking of the CCTV footage.

October 18, 2014

The Correction Centre Revisited

A girl is convicted of a motoring offence and receives a harsh penalty. A follow-up to an old story.

By Frances Stephenson

“Welcome to Ebchester Correction Centre. My name is Julienne and I will be looking after you today. Hold on, don’t I know you? Susie Brackenshaw? Yes, of course! I thought I recognised the name, but now I have seen you I am sure I do.”

“Yes, you do.” Susie admitted shyly. “You ushered me through the system about nine months ago.”

“Yes, it’s all coming back to me now,” gushed Julienne. “You were given eight strokes for a speeding violation, is that right?”

September 12, 2014

Over the Limit

Being in the public eye makes life harder when you break the law.

By Katherine Jones

“Arnett!” Lizzie jumped to her feet and made her way across the waiting room to the door being held open by the white coated man. He beckoned her through to a dimly lit corridor and then snapped handcuffs on her with a silent menace.

Lizzie now walked in front of the man, head bowed, reflecting on how she had found herself in this awful situation. Lizzie Arnett was a 41 year old TV sports presenter living a happy and satisfying professional and personal life in the north of England. However the events of a Saturday, four weeks ago, spent working in London had turned her life upside down.

August 6, 2014

CPS

When the behaviour of two twins, a boy and a girl, becomes too much a new service is approached. By a new writer.

By Henry Jones

“Good afternoon, Corporal Punishment Service, my name’s Melissa. How may I help you today?”

“Hello, er, Melissa. It’s my nephew and niece, they’re twins and they’re driving my wife and me mad. They don’t want to go to college, all they want to do is sit around all day, claiming benefit and we’ve had enough!”

“Yes Sir, however, before we go any further, I do need to ask you some questions. Now, how old are the twins?”

“Eighteen, but you’d think they were thirteen or fourteen, the way they behave!”

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June 20, 2014

Stacey’s Gym Skirt (A Sequel to Yes Miss)

The judicial officer returns to school

by Katie Hammond

The sound which started so faintly grew louder and louder, invading my other-worldly dream. I then awoke enough to realise it was the alarm clock and desperately stuck out my arm to turn it off. I couldn’t understand why I had left it on; I didn’t have to get up on a Sunday. Then I had that awful feeling in the pit of my stomach, it’s Monday.

Yes, it really was Monday we had met up with friends for a meal on Sunday night and, yes, I probably did have one or two glasses of red wine too many and the evening passed far too quickly. I turned over and looked at my boyfriend; he was still fast asleep, lucky that he didn’t have to be up.

May 18, 2014

Women’s Hour – Episode One

 A radio journalist investigates procedures when birching is re-introduced into prisons.

By Fenton Creek

Sally Horton (presenter): Punishment using the birch was, until this week, only ever used on the Isle Of Man until 1976 and in prisons until 1962. In both cases, only male offenders were punished in this way.

Sally:  With several recent changes to legislation, the birch has actually made a come-back. I am here at EastwoodPark women’s prison in Gloucestershire and with me is Governor Clare Andrews.

Sally: Clare, this is a new development, how has it affected you here?

Clare: Well Sally, staff are broadly in favour. The birching procedure is fairly straightforward and takes up far less time and paperwork than other sanctions. We do, still, of course use other punishments such as loss of privileges, but the birch is proving to be a useful tool.

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November 30, 2013

Paula’s Trip to Asia Goes Wrong

A round-the-world trip comes unstuck.

By Pat Greenham

At the age of 26, Paula found herself unemployed for the first time since leaving school, and having recently broken up with her boyfriend she made a big decision. After school she had gone straight into work whilst all her friends either took a gap-year or went to university. Secretly she had envied those that had gone off round the world for a long trip and decided that with no job on the horizon and with money in the bank she would embark on a six month trip and see some of the world.

Her travel agency suggested she buy a ‘round the world’ ticket that could be changed as her trip progressed. A week or so later, all by herself, Paula left Heathrow for her first stop in Asia. Initially she was apprehensive, but quickly met other young female travellers and made friends. Her second stop was on a beautiful small island in Asia, and she found some basic but perfectly acceptable accommodation near a seaside resort and very near the beach. Again there were lots of young people and Paula quickly fell into a group of mainly girls. They would spend most of their time together and used to go down to the beach after dinner for a smoke and a few drinks.

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October 27, 2013

Eleanor’s Tough Justice

A woman breaks a traffic law and finds painful justice

By Frances Stephenson

Assistant Head Teacher Eleanor McKay falls foul of new and stringent Anti- Drink and Drive Laws

Eleanor had an hour to kill before her appointment. She was truly dreading the visit; she felt sick and her stomach was churning. Her appointment was at the Government Correction Centre where she would receive the second of two canings to which she had been sentenced.

The year was 2017 and a brave and far-sighted Government had introduced the ‘Short Sharp Shock’ legislation. The major component of this legislation was the re-introduction of corporal punishment. It was rightly felt that miscreants being so dealt with would take the strain away from the overcrowded Prison service. The scheme was to work in conjunction with the recently introduced National Identity Cards with every UK citizen being required to be included in this identity Databank.

October 7, 2013

To Get It Over With

An English girl in trouble abroad, but can her lawyer help? From the old website.

By Kenny Walters

Sian Gallagher sat down awkwardly on the small chair set in front of the plain wooden table. If they’d asked, she would have sat down voluntarily. Perhaps the two policewomen, both of Oriental appearance, didn’t speak English. More likely, they didn’t feel the need for pleasantries and decided a firm shove would do the job just as well. Having her wrists handcuffed behind her back, Sian continued to sit uncomfortably. At least the two policewomen stood back in deference to the small bald-headed man sitting on the opposite side of the table.

October 1, 2013

Yes Miss

A trip into the future finds a young official having to deal with a woman older than herself. By a new writer to us.

by Katie Hammond

It had been two months since I received that letter with ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ printed in bold back letters at the top of the envelope. It was in fact addressed to a Miss Stacey C Richardson, but in my haste and excitement I don’t remember checking that it was addressed to me. The brown envelope was opened and reduced to shreds in seconds.

‘Dear Stacey,’ (the letter started informally) ‘we are pleased to…’

I let out a scream of delight and felt a moment of utter elation that I had never experienced in my life before. Against massive odds and my own expectations I got the job.