Sentenced to hard labour? Puh-leeze!
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I find it almost humorous every time a judge pronounces hard labour on an individual convicted.
But what is hard labour? Can the prison even find work for even 10 per cent of its population? Is it still permitted from an international human rights standpoint? I doubt very much.
It would be advisable to look at the international standards. My point is, if this is not longer relevant or workable, why not stop this waste of exercise, albeit sounding very nice when pronounced? I am sure the judge's ink could be spared writing what is not enforceable.
If the law does not make sense, scrap it!