Post-Corrective Adviser to Alex, P. R. Deltoid is a detached State employee who nonetheless seeks to do the right thing. He takes some liking to Alex, as evidenced by his visit to Alex's home to caution Alex against trouble-making. However, Alex puzzles P. R. Deltoid because his propensity for brutality defies any logical explanation. Ultimately, though, P. R. Deltoid resents and rejects types like Alex, and spits in his face in the holding cell. His inability to understand Alex also causes P. R. Deltoid to make up lies so as to put the boy behind bars for fourteen years.