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…

Sentencing For Drug Offences
202102.03
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Sentencing For Drug Offences

Sentencing for Drugs Offences New sentencing guidelines for some drugs offences will come in to force on 1 April 2021 and will apply to all cases sentenced on or after that date. The update is to reflect modern drug offending and new guidelines for offences created by the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 to bring clarity…

Interpretation of Ano-Genital Findings
202102.03
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Interpretation of Ano-Genital Findings

Ano-genital findings, namely signs of injury or other non-natural interference, often form part of child abuse prosecutions. In recent years new research has cast doubt on some old beliefs, and it may be the case that some convictions are unsafe. The most recent authoritative guidance is that provided by the Royal College of Paediatrics and…