Naming and shaming is possibly better than a term of imprisonment which might well have compounded the problem.
I think we are too ready to incarcerate people for offences that do not involve violence or pose a threat to the community at large.
We need to think more about rehabilitation and reform – especially for first offenders. I would suggest that everyone deserves that all important chance to put their life in order.
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A former police officer has been spared jail after 1,000 indecent images of children were found in his home – some of which he had made – because of his work exposing paedophiles. Lee Kelly was given a 10-month sentence, which has been suspended for two years.
The judge told Kelly that he felt it would be unjust to send him to prison immediately because of his previous good work during his career as a police officer. It is unclear whether any of the child abuse images were made or gathered during the time he served as a police officer, although media reports suggests this may have been the case. It is also not clear whether the police officer collected and produced images with a view to catching offending paedophiles or for his own use. There is some suggestion from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that…
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