The following is a letter to insidetime, from issue September 2011

Lie detector tests for all PMIs

From Adrian Close – HMP Bure

As a PMI (Prisoner Maintaining Innocence) who took and passed a lie detector test at my own expense, conducted by an expert who is on the same team used by ITVs Jeremy Kyle Show, I am now calling on all PMIs, their friends, families and law firms to write to Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke, and request that:

1 All suspects, defendants and PMIs be offered the opportunity of taking a lie detector test. If they pass the state pays for the test, but if they fail the accused pays.

2 The results of these tests be entered into evidence in courts and be taken into account in the sentence progression of PMIs.

This is on the grounds that great strides have been made in lie detecting over the years to the extent that results are well over 90% accurate. If a 90% accuracy is not enough ‘reasonable doubt’ then I don’t know what is.

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Comments about this letter

31/8/2011 JB

Well said: This is something which many friends and family members of PMI have been asking for to no avail. If the polygraph is good enough to manage offenders on release then why not use it on arrest,potentially saving huge sums of public money on unnecessary investigations, court and subsequent prisoner costs! False Allegations ARE NOT as rare as some would have you believe, just read the daily papers! But what happens to the 'guys' convicted on uncorroborated evidence? If there was no evidence to start with how do they ever prove their innocence? I used to think Call My Bluff was a TV quiz show, now I know differently... These men are convicted on one persons word, how ca that reach the criminal standard of proof? At the very best it can only ever meet the balance of probability, we are also told the prosecution must prove their case, which is untrue, in sexual cases the burden must be on the defendant no matter what 'they' say; Polygraph Tests make sense! Polygraphs would certainly be more accurate, more cost effective and more humane than locking up innocent men! The current state of the Justice System for this type of uncorroborated case is an afront to Justice, it ruins lives, costs this Country millions and goes unnoticed: And if that hasn't convinced you well maybe if you or someone you know is ever accused, you will wonder why you were so quick to judge 'everyone' accused of a sexual crime and just didn't care enough to demand change! Prison isn't meant to be a nice place but for the innocent trapped in the system it is a living nightmare! Whereas a Polygraph Test could provide the ONLY chance to prove innocence! It may not be 100% accurate, but neither is the system we now have and the Polygraph is a lot cheaper!

1/9/2011 Robert Whiston

The HO already concedes the use of lie detectors for some occasions, say parole releases, so I cannot see their releuctance if the door has already been pushed open.

16/9/2011 Rod

As it is in the public eye now Jeremy Bamber and others have taken a Polygraph test and been proven innocent, they are all being refused by the C.C.R.C. to appeal WHY???. They even Hanged innocent individuals in this country in the past. Give it to the individuals also accuse others before they go into hiding abroad after the compensation is paid or they disappear to another country with money in hand up to £60,000

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Summary of letters in the Mailbag for September 2011
Take the moral high ground
Cause of the riots? Let’s ask the rioters
Slopping out revisited
Branston not closing down
Horrendous treatment
Secret PSI?
Kosher meals
Backlash for complaining
Historic sex offence cases a travesty of justice
Drop me out!
Duvet rip off
Isolated prisoners will help raise awareness
For shame!
Missing Post
Return of al-Megrahi
Branded with the brush of denial
No confidence in MoJ
40% Deduction from wages a double jeopardy
Tackling canteen price increases
Charity should begin (and stay) at home
‘Mis-management’ of our prisons
Current page: Lie detector tests for all PMIs
HMP encouraging prisoners to break the law
How mean is means testing
Well done, son


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