Charlottetown judge wonders about jail alternatives for repeat offender

Judge John Douglas says jail expensive for James Allan Broderick on a jail, drinking, jail cycle

Published on May 12, 2014

Prince Edward Island provincial court

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A man with a lengthy criminal record was back in court yet again, prompting the question, what else can be done.

James Allan Broderick, 43, of Charlottetown appeared in provincial court last Thursday before judge John Douglas. Broderick was sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of theft.

The court heard that Broderick has a lengthy criminal record, much of it for theft. This recent charge was for stealing from Atlantic Superstore on Feb. 13.

Douglas said that Broderick’s life requires structure but at this point, there doesn’t seem to be any.

Broderick is frequently before the court, said Douglas, gets time in jail and when he gets out starts drinking, gets in trouble, then goes back to jail again.

Jail is an expensive option, said Douglas, and asked the probation services department to look into other possible options for Broderick.

Douglas adjourned sentence on two other charges of failing to appear in court until June 11.