BLOG: A life in custody

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KIM EVANS: ‘I’d guesstimate that 90% of my clients have a personality disorder, mental health issues, and, or, serious substance addiction be it drugs or alcohol.’ Kim Evans has spent 31 years at the sharp end of the criminal justice system – 10 years as a a duty solicitor representing people detained by the police and more than 20 years with the Metropolitan Police.

You can read Kim’s blog about locking up kids here.

You can read about a day in her professional life in the Guardian below:

‘It is 3.15am in Hastings police station, Sunday morning. The CCTV camera on “the bridge”, the raised custody sergeant’s desk, is trained on cell M1. The detainee is lying on his back and pummelling the metal door with his feet. He has been doing this for more than 90 minutes, breaking off occasionally to jump to his feet and flash a Hitler salute…’