So you say that he is merely a 'public nuisance' similar to other examples of 'public nuisances' like drunks in a park, etc. Do we lock up drunks in solitary confinement for years at a time?
He hasn't been locked up "for years at a time" for his nudity. He is locked up for months at a time for that, plus contempt of court, then released and given an opportunity to go on his way.So you say that he is merely a 'public nuisance' similar to other examples of 'public nuisances' like drunks in a park, etc. Do we lock up drunks in solitary confinement for years at a time?
He is also in solitary confinement for his own protection not as a punishment. Can you imagine what the other inmates would do to him if he were walking around the prison naked? Also, there are female prison staff in the main wings and they shouldn't have to put up with a guy walking around the facility naked.
There are times when we can do pretty much as we like, and there are times when we have to conform for the sake of other individuals or for society as a whole. We have to conform to instructions given on board an aircraft by stewards - Mr Gough disagreed and refused to dress. We have to conform to certain behaviours when appearing before a court of law - Mr Gough thought the rules of courtroom decorum shouldn't apply to him. We sometimes have to conform when in the presence of people who are sensitive to certain kinds of non-conformity, like older people or mothers with young children - Mr Gough puts his own preferences first on these occasions.That's right............either conform to the 'rules' or be 'crushed' by the system.
But he is not simply not conforming - he is trying to make sure he is seen and that people react. That is reprehensible.
Having been sentenced to prison, where should he be held? In the main wings where he would be likely to face serious violence from other inmates? Or in the solitary wing, where he would be safe?
That might be good for him, but it would be bad for society. Gough behind bars is good for society.What is 'good' for the man is to release him to society and then leave him alone.
Female guards have a great deal to put up with - and they shouldn't have to put up with male exhibitionism.
As for female guards seeing naked men. That is just part of their job, and they are aware of it when they take a job in a prison for men. Those who I personally know, just laugh under their breath when a guy is naked in their presence. They have much more to worry about than that.
No, it's not. UK prisons which employ female officers and staff have rules about this aspect which woulod preclude them being exposed to Gough. Of course, inmates occasionally behave unexpectedly and can upset female officers, but just as male officers in female prisons are compromised if inmates are naked, the same is true for male officers in female prisons.As for female guards seeing naked men. That is just part of their job, and they are aware of it when they take a job in a prison for men. Those who I personally know, just laugh under their breath when a guy is naked in their presence. They have much more to worry about than that
To find inappropriate public nudity objectionable does not make one a prude, nor does it mean one is religious.If the prudes are so outraged, then they can go and hide in their churches and chant prayers for the salvation of Gough's soul.
Incidentally - Gough is now remanded back to prison pending his trial in a few weeks. I have to say I am pleased about that.
I still think that the best solution for your authorities is to transfer him to a private US prison or to a "club Fed" type of prision where only harmless prisoners who have been convicted of non violent crimes reside (not really incarcerated). A private prision can make big $$$ from your authorities and hold him indefinately as long as the $$$$ keep pouring in to their coffers. A club Fed type of prison would also be a good choice as Mr Gough could enjoy three good meals a day, unlimited tv, a workout room, and he could also play tennis if he so decided. He could do all of this nude and the club Fed prison could be like his own private nudist club. Heck, he might even convince other inmates to join in the nudity and most certainly the guards would not care so long as the inmates remained non violent. Problem solved.