Some of our regular readers will know I have a mate who has been a naughty boy.
Last weekend, he committed his third drink driving offence in a year, his fourth in his lifetime.
He was told by his lawyer on Thursday that he faces three months home detention.
My mate did not seem keen on this, which made her tell him she wondered if he would prefer jail, which would have been a certainty had his last offence happened before October.
Now, I do get frustrated if there is a day I do not go out and do something 'constructive' even something as simple as picking up a few groceries.
But can being kept at home be considered a punishment?
Think about it? You have all your possessions around you? All your familiar things and knowing such a sentence was to arise, think of the preparations you could make to give yourself a comfortable internment.
For starters, I would buy/hire the biggest television I could find. I would subscribe to SKY and get all the tv channels I could, not to mention stock up on DVDs and CDs.
There would, of course, be the Internet. Imagine all the blogging you could do?
I would get some weights and a multi-gym for the garage.
I would get books as well, maybe complete some course in something or other.
I would of course teach myself how to sook some really exotic meals.
I understand you are also allowed in the garden, so you can top up your tan too!
Now, my mate likes to use the net to boost his love life. So he would arrange 'hook ups' too. Imagine getting so many 'booty calls.'
So, have I got it right? You can do just about anything you want, except leave your home?
Now, my mate had his case adjourned a few weeks and he hopes to get accepted at university.
He may finally have got the message he needs to turn his life around. If he does go to uni, then he would do something called community detention.
So, we'll see how it goes. But is home detention a real punishment?
Yes, it would drive you mad been confined to your home but it appears you can make it a very comfortable time indeed. What do you think?