Tuesday, July 7, 2009

More British insanity

It's interesting how government bureaucracies can develop policies that look utterly insane to any ordinary person. Such is the case with the British government refusing to name escaped prisoners for fear of violating their "right to privacy."

"Civil servants have refused to name inmates who have fled prison...They say releasing their names would breach obligations under the Data Protection Act.

It echoes a row in 2007 when Derbyshire Police refused to release pictures of two escaped murderers.

The latest development emerged in response to Freedom Of Information requests to name inmates on the run rom the prison near Woodbridge, Suffolk.

The open prison which has sea views ... is known as Holiday Bay because of its easy-going regime.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed 39 prisoners had absconded from Hollesley Bay between January 1, 2007, to March 31, 2009.

It also provided a general list of crimes they were sentenced for and confirmed that 16 involved violence.

The offenders included nine robbers, two serving sentences for attempted robbery, one for wounding and four others for grievous bodily harm.

But the ministry refused to say how many - if any - had been recaptured, saying their identities had to be protected from third parties."

And this is the kind of decision making Obama would apply to our health care.

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