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Problem Gambling and Crime

The Howard League for Penal Reform launched The Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling in 2019, and it is scheduled to end next year. The Commission seeks to answer three questions: What are the links between problem gambling and crime? What impact do these links have on communities and society? What should be done? A… Continue reading Problem Gambling and Crime

Regulation of Fireworks

As fireworks are explosives, there are strict laws governing the sale, possession and use of them. The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper, providing a detailed overview of the current provisions.   In brief Since January 2005, the sale of fireworks to the public has been prohibited, except from licensed traders. There… Continue reading Regulation of Fireworks

Backlog in Criminal Courts

Even before the pandemic, there was a backlog in the criminal courts, which has worsened. The National Audit Office (NAO) has now produced a report on reducing that backlog. The NAO is the independent public spending watchdog; they produce reports examining government expenditure to judge whether value for money has been achieved. They also make… Continue reading Backlog in Criminal Courts

Independent Review Of Drugs

The government has announced the set-up of a new drugs unit to help end illegal drug-related illnesses and deaths. To be known as the Joint Combating Drugs Unit, it will bring together multiple government departments to tackle drug misuse across society. Drug misuse poisoning deaths have increased nearly 80% since 2012, and there are an… Continue reading Independent Review Of Drugs

Civil Nuclear Constabulary

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary is a specialist armed police force that protects civil nuclear sites and nuclear materials in England, Scotland and Wales. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recently sought views on potential legislation to extend the remit of the constabulary in the Energy Act 2004. The constabulary works in partnership… Continue reading Civil Nuclear Constabulary

Sentencing Repeat Offenders

Fasail Hussain was sentenced earlier this year for drugs offences. The sentencing judge imposed a total term of 2,293 days imprisonment. Hussain had been released from prison on licence at the time that he committed the offences. When an offence is committed on licence, the offender is at risk of being returned to custody to… Continue reading Sentencing Repeat Offenders

Natasha’s Law

In 2016 Natasha Ednan-Laperouse bought a baguette from Pret a Manger; unbeknownst to Natasha, the bread contained sesame seeds. That ingredient was not listed on the packaging, and Natasha suffered a fatal allergic reaction. At the time, fresh food that was made and packaged on the premises did not need to have an individual label… Continue reading Natasha’s Law

New Government Policies And The Party Conference – Part 1

The Tory Party Conference has been taking place in Manchester, with several announcements being made that are relevant to the criminal justice system. Wayne Couzens and violence against women Wayne Couzens, the now-former police officer who pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard, was sentenced to a whole life term last week. Priti Patel,… Continue reading New Government Policies And The Party Conference – Part 1