Above: the back of Pentonville Prison, London where Pete Doherty has stayed a couple of times (2005 & 2006). Last night he stayed in Wormwood Scrubs. Prison is not the right place for a sick man, but based on Good Behaviour he could be out in a month, well in time to be able to go to Glastonbury.
Some people have been saying its terrible that Pete Doherty has been allowed to get away with it for so long, and should have been sent to prison years ago. But Pete Doherty was sent to prison in 2006, 2005, and 2003.
Like most long term junkies poor old Pete has been sent to prison on numerous occasions at great expense to the taxpayer, but this is an almost total waste of everyone's time and money.
Even the weird and often very stupid creatures that reside in the Home Office have realised that criminalising drug addicts and sending them to prison does not work, not even as a big stick to beat them in to rehab. But they still do it all the time. That really is a crime.
And 'Rehab' is often just 12 steps to going back on smack or crack or whatever the local authorities running our crumbling council estates are selling at the moment.
Some junkies have been to so many rehabs they are addicted. They need a rehab from rehab.
Then there is methadone treatment. Methadone is more addictive than heroin and far more physically damaging. The Home Office loves dealing Methadone, but as it was invented by the Nazis, perhaps this should not be surprising to anyone.
Maybe they should try Ibogaine on Pete Doherty. It is not for everyone. Ibogaine is one of the most powerful natural psychedelics known to man - so powerful in fact that it can put you off drugs for life.
The Ibogaine induced 'Close To Death Experience' is usually the highlight of the trip which can last up to 30 hours, and is mostly spent projectile vomiting, and lying on your back staring at God, who turns out to be the ceiling.
An interesting side effect of taking Ibogaine is that it interrupts any addiction with draw effects, commonly for 3-6 months, giving a valuable window of opportunity for rebuilding a life. There are now a number of Ibogaine Clinics operating worldwide.
Is the Home Office interested in doing some research on the effectiveness of Ibogaine's addiction interrupting qualities? schmoo asked, but the answer is No.
• A "Free Pete Doherty!" Facebook support site has just been set up, and already has comments both kind and bigoted.