Not these problems, of remand prisoners not being treated as they should be. That’s bad, but not my point.
I do know why remand exists: flight or witness nobbling possibilities.
But the end result is, and always will be, that some who are subsequently found not guilty end up serving jail sentences. The process itself becomes the punishment.
No I don’t mean those sentenced to time served. I mean those found not guilty: the justification for them to have to serve a sentence is what?
I don’t know anything about the details but I would suspsect that those cleared at trial are let out with a “Sorry but that’s the way it goes” and that’s an end to it.
Which, if true, would strike me as the system not having enough skin in the game. Who, if anyone, loses out if too many go on to remand? Who compensates those who serve remand time for having been locked up without actually having been guilty of anything?
It can be substantial amounts of time too: months certainly are possible. It doesn’t take all that long for a modern life to fall apart if you’re not able to take part in it. Mortgages, rents, jobs, all disappear pretty quickly.
As I say, I don’t actually know what does happen and would love to know (no, not for any personal reasons, they haven’t found out the E factory in the basement of 8 Downing Street yet). Who, if anyone, coughs up for what those found innocent after being on remand lose?
And if it’s no one, then shouldn’t someone?