"It's reported West Yorkshire Probation Trust spend nearly £300,000 a year on free bus passes for offenders. The offenders are asked to make a voluntary contribution of £2 towards the cost of each £19.50 pass but last year the council only collected £19,500, leaving a shortfall of £276,500...In a country where pensioners are dying of hypothermia because they're too frightened they won't be able to meet their ever increasing heating bills and at least 500,000 spent Christmas Day in bed to keep warm, why should taxpayers be paying convicted criminals' bus fares? How many other probation trusts - now the responsibility of Criminal Justice Social Work Services in Scotland - do this throughout the UK?"A good question.
A convicted drug dealer is a wanted man after failing to appear at court for sentencing because he did not have enough transport money.*sigh*