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Abject failure of justice and rehabilitation.

By johnboy 30 October 2008 58

The Canberra Times has the sorry story of alleged arsonist Rodney Farraway.

Rodney was bailed on condition he attend the Canberra Recovery Centre drug-and-alcohol clinic. Only when he got kicked out of it for allegedly smuggling in his own hooch no-one picked up the ball.

    “Farraway, 31, was thrown out of the clinic last Monday night after allegedly being caught with alcohol on the premises.

    He was found by police two days later walking the streets of Ngunnawal, within a kilometre of his alleged victim’s home.

    Farraway, who must stay at least 500m from the woman, was allegedly drunk at the time of his arrest and claimed he was on his way to a friend’s house where he was staying.

    Justice Higgins released Farraway on bail again yesterday after observing that the decision to throw him out of the Canberra Recovery Centre last week had been ”harsh”.”

Farraway’s lawyer has promised to put him on a bus to Sydney in the hope he’ll turn up at rehab centre there.

You couldn’t make this stuff up.

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Deadmandrinking 10:27 am 04 Apr 10

This is going to sound weird coming from me…but…

Rehab or Jail, you do need to be tough about rehab.

Perhaps, the first time he breaches the centre’s rules, he should be given a warning (sometimes it’s a bit difficult to completely stop drinking, allowances for relapses do need to be made). Second time, he’s taken down to the lockup for a night, then told in the morning he can either go back to rehab, or go to the big house and that he won’t get the same option next time.

Third time, he’s down in the lockup for at least a few months before he can apply to go to rehab again.

Fourth time…well, there is no fourth time. Goodbye.

sam needs justice 10:06 pm 03 Apr 10

well would you believe it farraway has been given parole once again lets see how long he stays out side of prison for meanwhile his victims will now become prisoners in there own home for risk of runny in to this mad man

Pommy bastard 7:41 pm 31 Oct 08

dexi said :

Realy…………Post 29 “Because there is a whole industry solely dependent on getting people “therapy” “rehab” “treatment” and other cozy ideas, rather than the punishment we all know they need and deserve.”

Yes, back then we were discussing the failures of the justice system, not just the “sociopath” idea you introduced.

dexi 6:27 pm 31 Oct 08

Don’t worry Australia was founded on indolence and crime. It is how we started as a white nation.

dexi 6:21 pm 31 Oct 08

Realy…………Post 29 “Because there is a whole industry solely dependent on getting people “therapy” “rehab” “treatment” and other cozy ideas, rather than the punishment we all know they need and deserve.”

Pommy bastard 5:58 pm 31 Oct 08

dexi said :

Pommy. So punishment is going to help how? Agree, should be locked up. Agree, Rehab is wrong for him. As for……….

“If you think it’s bad here you should go to the UK where the “save the disabled, lesbian, alcoholic, heroin addict, refugee, benefit claimant” types have virtually ruined the country for anyone who isn’t a disabled, lesbian, alcoholic, heroin addict, refugee, benefit claimant.

We need to stop caring for those who blatantly abuse us and the system, and start looking after the working and law abiding.”

I said nothing about punishing anyone, I merely said he should be locked away to protect society. Please do not put words in my mouth.

I’ve never been to the UK, but I know Australia fairly well. The working and law abiding, have never had it so good. We are a very wealthy, plump nation. In fact, for the working and middle class, Id say they have never had it any better in all of known history. Yet you claim the “save the disabled, lesbian, alcoholic, heroin addict, refugee, benefit claimant” are ruining your party. Really, its a bit far fetched isn’t it. Maybe you should recline in your leather chair, flick the big screen on, turn up the surround sound, crack a beer and relax, as this is as good as it has ever been. Your well looked after.

Not at all far fetched, I would have found it far fetched in Thatchers Britain that the whole place could lose it’s moral compass, and slide into a place where indolence is rewarded, and crime unpunished. It was a warning for what Aus might become.

dexi 4:56 pm 31 Oct 08

Pommy. So punishment is going to help how? Agree, should be locked up. Agree, Rehab is wrong for him. As for……….

“If you think it’s bad here you should go to the UK where the “save the disabled, lesbian, alcoholic, heroin addict, refugee, benefit claimant” types have virtually ruined the country for anyone who isn’t a disabled, lesbian, alcoholic, heroin addict, refugee, benefit claimant.

We need to stop caring for those who blatantly abuse us and the system, and start looking after the working and law abiding.”

I’ve never been to the UK, but I know Australia fairly well. The working and law abiding, have never had it so good. We are a very wealthy, plump nation. In fact, for the working and middle class, Id say they have never had it any better in all of known history. Yet you claim the “save the disabled, lesbian, alcoholic, heroin addict, refugee, benefit claimant” are ruining your party. Really, its a bit far fetched isn’t it. Maybe you should recline in your leather chair, flick the big screen on, turn up the surround sound, crack a beer and relax, as this is as good as it has ever been. Your well looked after.

Pommy bastard 3:55 pm 31 Oct 08

Ah, I think I see your point now Dexi, but it negates no one wit of my post.
If he is a true sociopath, then, not only does he need locking up for the good of society, but also, as there is no cure for the sociopathic personality, all the do gooders in the world will not cure him..

tylersmayhem 2:34 pm 31 Oct 08

it’s not rehabilitation he needs, its professional help and a secure facility.

I don’t have all the answers or any solution…but I suspect Dr Philip Nitschke would have a few suitable suggestions.

sepi 11:58 am 31 Oct 08

mental health programs in the ACT are almost non-existent.

dexi 11:01 am 31 Oct 08

The magistrate referred him to the wrong program. That is where I think he went wrong in his judgement. I’d want to know why this guy hasn’t been referred and dealt with by mental health. To me, this guy seems not to be a good person but mentally stuffed one and should be treated as such.

dexi 10:54 am 31 Oct 08

That burning animals is not normal. Maybe his head is wired wrong and that poor him is actually insane. Punish him all you like, but a sociopath isn’t going to get the point. He should be removed from society and placed under supervision in a secure mental health facility. Rehab or jail is only going to limit his effect on society temporarily. On release he will be still insane.

sepi 10:48 am 31 Oct 08

Dexi (43) – the problem seems to be that magistrates treat everyone as if they are a good person who has made a silly mistake.

Fine for a first offence, but after a string of obnoxious acts it wears a bit thin.

samantha630z92220867 10:22 am 31 Oct 08

well farraway has apparently arrived at surrey hills rehab let’s see how long this scam will last and how many other people he can get to believe poor him

Pommy bastard 10:05 am 31 Oct 08

dexi said :

Right Pommy I’ll take a stab at it being a little trendy myself.

A sociopath is a person who has antisocial personality disorder.

The main characteristic of a sociopath is a disregard for the rights of others. Sociopaths are also unable to conform to what society defines as a normal personality. Antisocial tendencies are a big part of the sociopath’s personality. This pattern usually comes into evidence around the age of 15. If it is not treated, it can develop into adulthood.

Visible symptoms include physical aggression and the inability to hold down a steady job. The sociopath also finds it hard to sustain relationships and shows a lack of regret in his or her actions. A major personality behavior trait is the violation of the rights of others. This can appear as a disregard for the physical or sexual wellbeing of another.

Sound familiar Pommy?

Yes it does sound familiar, what was your point?

dexi 9:47 am 31 Oct 08

I sought of figured that. Just thought I’d remind you of what should be the true discouragement of a life of crime. I’d hate to see you suffer needlessly.

Maybe its not just the law that plays a part in discouraging crime. This is why people push the Rehab, religion and sport lines. The point being, giving people a better view of life. Maybe we see more crime in the poor and drug addicted because this view is very narrow and limited. Guess that’s why we need to spend so much time and money trying to raiser people up, out of crime, drug addiction and poverty. The leeway is so some can change their ways. Not everyone that commits crime are scumbags set on shitting on society. Some have made a mistake. We seem to just focus on the turds.

harvyk1 9:06 am 31 Oct 08

dexi said :

harvyk1 said :

it really makes me wonder why I’m bothering been a law abiding citizen, as right now there isn’t really a very big deterrent not to be.
[/Rant]

Really are you hungry, homeless or need cash for a fix. Do you want stupid mates that rip you off, lie and manipulate. Do you want to witness, sad, heartbreaking, senseless crap every day. You might try organised crime or white collar crime, pays better and you can go home to a nice house and family. Either way the misery will catch up to you. That should be enough to deter all but the stupid, greedy and insane.

Um, it was a rant, I’m not about to throw in my current life for a life of crime, I was illustrating a point that Crims actually have a lot of leeway when it comes to committing crimes and there is very little the courts are doing to discourage them. Also you don’t need to live a life of crime to have stupid mates that rip you off, lie and manipulate, it happens just as much in the white collar world.

dexi 8:59 pm 30 Oct 08

Jail is the locked up Rehab. You can receive methadone maintenance treatment in jail. Someone else might know how they handle drug rehab in jail for the other drugs.

Do we have a secure long term psychiatric facility in Canberra? People with mental illness often have drug addictions and vice versa. Rehab places in Canberra usually ask that you are drug free when you go in. They want to see some kind commitment to the program. Forcing people into rehab counters personal motivation.

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