Jack – criminals

2 06 2010


The Red Desert is where prisoners on Jack are taken to be punished. They are taken to the centre of the desert where the temperatures are so hot that exposure may lead to death in a very short time. And then the prisoners are freed. If they reach the edge of the desert and the safety of the sea, or nearby cities then they are forgiven. For lesser crimes like fraud and theft prisoners may be given provisions. For violent crimes, body parts may be… removed. A rapist may lose a leg. A murderer his eyes. All criminals volunteer to undergo this horrific experience. No one is forced to go into the centre of the desert without his/her consent. It may seem unusual, perhaps even unbelievable, but no one who has commited a crime has ever not volunteered to go. Sometimes not right away. Sometimes years may pass. Perhaps even to the edge of death itself, but eventually all volunteer. No one is sure why.