It’s been a bit of a stressful month for criminal justice professionals.
Probation and prison services have been falling out over their competing alliances with different private sector companies.
Police officers now have to do annual fitness tests, although won’t be paid on the number of arrests they make.
So, in the spirit of FinallyFriday, here are some lighter stories from the world of crime to ease you into the weekend.
Did you hear the one about the man who prised a Judge’s nameplate from the courtroom door and then posted a photo of himself with it on his girlfriend’s Facebook page?
Absolutely ridiculous when you factor in the detail that by stealing the nameplate, he violated the terms of his parole and, owing to his numerous previous convictions for petty theft, is being charged with a felony.
Or how about the woman who went to visit her brother who was being detained at the local police station on suspicion of assaulting her Facebook friend.
The brother was eventually released without charge.
However, she ended up being convicted of “sending a menacing message” and was ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work.
All because, while she was at the police station, she posted on the Facebook wall of the friend who had been arrested:
“You #!~&*#! grass… I am gong to stab you… I will kill you.”
Finally. Two teenagers broke into CNN’s newsroom in Atlanta, Georgia in the early hours of the morning by climbing over a ledge from a neighbouring hotel.
No-one knows what their intentions were as they got distracted by all the state-of-the art newsroom computers.
When the police arrested them at 3.30 in the morning, they were in the middle of checking their Facebook pages.
Disappointingly, they were arrested before they had the chance to post witty status updates or in situ photos.
Have a great weekend.
This post was previously published at RussellWebster.com.