The lonely life of the outlaw


***TRIGGER WARNING*** Suicidal thoughts/plans

Please take care of yourself and don’t read on if you are feeling at all vulnerable

In the six years I was a frontline probation worker I spoke with all kinds of people about all manner of crimes. Some were one-offs, people “of previous good character” as the Courts like to put it, often helped along by alcohol. Some people’s offending was made up of many smaller crimes that they hoped would never be discovered, repeated petty frauds, habitual minor shoplifting or other theft. The financial gain might have been small, but perpetrators often had much to lose; I will never forget the dinner lady who stole repeatedly from the school safe to fund her online gambling, nor the trainee barrister who lost all hope of practicing law once convicted of fiddling timesheets at the office where she temped.

Towards the end of my frontline career…

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