202103.23
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12 months of lockdown – where are we now?

It is exactly 1 year to the day since the first lockdown and while there have been times when parts of the Country have been released from lockdown, Manchester and the Criminal Justice system particularly, are just two seemingly life without parole prisoners. But like any model prisoner, we have tried to make the most…

Cutting crime and building safer communities?
202103.12
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Cutting crime and building safer communities?

The government has announced that there will be new legislation designed to cut “crime and build safer communities”. The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is intended to give the police “the powers and tools they need to protect themselves and the public”. The measures include: Positions of trust – existing legislation will be widened to include…

Police Stop & Search – Time to Rethink?
202103.05
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Police Stop & Search – Time to Rethink?

Police forces must explain the disproportionate use of police powers such as stop and search and use of force on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people or risk losing the trust of the communities they serve, a report published today has found. The Police Service Inspectorate (HMICFRS) aid that despite having more data on the…

Court of Appeal Refuses to Correct Early Release Injustice
202103.05
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Court of Appeal Refuses to Correct Early Release Injustice

On 1 April 2020, The Release of Prisoners (Alteration of Relevant Proportion of Sentence) Order 2020 came into force. This statutory instrument’s effect was to alter the early release provisions for some offenders receiving relatively determinate lengthy custodial sentences. By way of example, an offender who received a sentence of 12 years imprisonment would be…

Parole Board Hearings – Public Scrutiny
202102.12
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Parole Board Hearings – Public Scrutiny

Currently, all parole hearings are held in private – this is set out in legislation in the Parole Board Rules. Following a consultation exercise, the government has now committed to opening up the hearings and allowing public access. Legislative change is expected in the next few months. The government has stated that: ‘…we are persuaded…