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Rehabilitation of Offenders

On 28th October 2023 provisions in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 came into effect, enacting changes to the laws in relation to the rehabilitation of offenders. These amendments extend the scope of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act as it applies to England and Wales so that certain custodial sentences of over four… Continue reading Rehabilitation of Offenders

Police Often Lose Vital Case Evidence – New Research

A new study by Professor Carole McCartney of the University of Leicester has shone a light on police handling of materials gathered to support criminal prosecutions. Professor McCartney found: CPS data indicate the potential impact of lost materials on prosecutions, reporting that between October 2018 and August 2021, some 20,838 cases collapsed pre-trial due to… Continue reading Police Often Lose Vital Case Evidence – New Research

Sentence Adjournments, Sentencing Reforms & Prisoner Release – What We Know So Far

This week, the prison population rose to a record number of 88,225, a significant increase on the previous week and only around 500 places short of “operational capacity”, which is the maximum number of prisoners that can be held. Andrea Albutt, president of the Prison Governors Association, said: “If the government further overcrowd our prisons,… Continue reading Sentence Adjournments, Sentencing Reforms & Prisoner Release – What We Know So Far

Over 100,000 Children in England and Wales Have Parents in Prison

More than 100,000 children have a parent in prison for the first time since records began, according to analysis of government figures. An official Ministry of Justice estimate says that each male prisoner has, on average, 1.14 children, meaning that an estimated 100,084 children have a parent in prison. Estimates for the number of children… Continue reading Over 100,000 Children in England and Wales Have Parents in Prison

New Research Indicates Some People May Be Physically Unable to Use Police Breathalysers

Some people may be physically unable to use the current evidential breath analysis machines, relied upon by police to gather proof of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, new research from the University of Sheffield indicates. The new study challenges the norm that anyone failing to provide a sample of breath at a… Continue reading New Research Indicates Some People May Be Physically Unable to Use Police Breathalysers

Chief Inspector Calls for an Independent Review of the Probation Service

The outgoing Chief Inspector of Probation has issued a damning report. He is calling for an independent review of whether the Probation Service should return to local control two years on from unification into a national service. The Chief Inspector reports, in an overall assessment that: ‘The Probation Service is struggling. It’s more than two… Continue reading Chief Inspector Calls for an Independent Review of the Probation Service

Cyclists in the Spotlight

On the 12th September 2023, Andrea Leadsom MP posed this question to Edward Argar MP who is a Minister of State in the Ministry of Justice: ‘What conversations have my right hon. Friend across the government to make sure that the sentencing for those convicted of dangerous cycling is equalised with the sentencing guidelines for… Continue reading Cyclists in the Spotlight

Nitrous Oxide – Government Acts to Make Possession Illegal

Possession of nitrous oxide, also known as ‘laughing gas’, will be illegal by the end of the year. The ban was promised as part of the Government’s Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan, with the Home Secretary urging police forces to get tougher on flagrant drug taking in the streets, which is said to blight communities. Secondary… Continue reading Nitrous Oxide – Government Acts to Make Possession Illegal