Sentencing

Why It's Time To Get Tough On Animal Cruelty

Eduardo Goncalves | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Eduardo Goncalves

How many times will the perpetrators of animal cruelty get to walk away scot-free before the Government toughens up the law? Personally I'm sick of having to look into the eyes of dogs who have been abused, knowing that the people who have done this will potentially be doing the same to another animal. Stronger penalties are just one way to put an end to this misery, but they are a vital step. It's time to step up and give these animals the justice they deserve.

How to Make a Positive Impact in Someone's Life and Change Their Life for the Better Through the Animal Abuse Register

Brian Berry | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK
Brian Berry

How appealing is a society where bullying, abuse, and violence decrease, maybe even disappear? Do you feel technology can protect us by knowing if som...

Dangerous Dogs Versus Dangerous Owners

Caroline Kisko | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Kisko

The Sentencing Council has just published new guidelines for courts in England and Wales sentencing people convicted of dangerous dog offences. These...

Why the Judicial Hysteria That Followed the 2011 Riots Is Largely the Fault of Politicians

Michael Bond | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK
Michael Bond

In this case, it seems the judiciary went too far. It is surely questionable to factor into sentencing a febrile public mood, particularly when it is stoked by politicians and commentators peddling emotive and unscientific ideas about human behaviour.

How Max Clifford Changed the Law

Felicity Gerry | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK
Felicity Gerry

The sentence for Max Clifford was achieved by adding up penalties in a US style manner following new sentencing guidelines issued this month. These guidelines suggest that old cases can be sentenced according to the modern approach.

Man To Be Sentenced For Slapping a Child on Its Face During A Flight

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A man who hit a crying toddler on a plane is due to be sentenced this week. In October, Joe Rickey Hundley pleaded guilty to slapping a 19-month o...

New Sentencing Guidelines for Sex Offenders - Another Victory in the Long Battle to Stop Child Abuse

Peter Wanless | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

Today's overhaul of the guidelines for sexual offences, which the NSPCC has been calling for, is an important step forward in both recognising the harm done to victims and in justice being done.

Our Huge Moment: Breaking the Cycle of Crime

David Abrahams | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
David Abrahams

Our gut instinct to punish criminals must be tempered by the realisation that children are innocent. These kids are victims themselves. They should not become a currency of revenge. Taking them into account at their parent's sentencing does not weaken our prosecution system. It does not make us less protected from crime. It does the opposite.

How Should Benefit Cheats Be Punished?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK

The worst benefit cheats will be locked up for up to 10 years under tough new rules, it has been announced. In a new crackdown on those who "flout ...

Thieves And Fraudsters 'Should Be Spared Jail'

PA | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK

Thieves and fraudsters should be spared jail, with prison sentences reserved for the most serious crimes, a legal expert has said. Law professor An...

Justice Secretary Plans Longer Sentences Among Prison Reforms

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Criminals face longer spells in jail under plans being considered by the Justice Secretary. Chris Grayling said he is attracted to a system that do...

Rapists 'Should Face Longer Prison Terms'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK

Rapists and sex attackers should face tougher prison terms according to the Sentencing Council, which points to the psychological and long-term effect...

Trenton Oldfield Deserves His Six Month Sentence

Bobby Friedman | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK
Bobby Friedman

The occasion is what counts - and an appreciation that if you don't provide enough of an deterrent, more and more people will start creating public dangers and destroying sporting events in the name of meaningless causes. Call this elitist if you will, but at least my name's not Trenton.

The Limits of Free Expression

Jane Fae | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Politics
Jane Fae

I never thought I'd find myself saying this, but...as one Facebook poster receives a short sharp prison sentence for a series of vile posts about Apri...

Driver Sentenced To Four Years After Killing Family In Crash

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK

A driver has been convicted of causing the deaths of four people by careless driving after hitting a car which plunged into an isolated reservoir. ...

Ex-Altar Boy Given Life Sentence For Killing Supermarket Worker

PA | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK

Anti-paedophile vigilante Christopher Hunnisett who murdered a gay man he wrongly believed to be a child molester was told on Tuesday he may never be ...

Man Who Killed Model Girlfriend In 'Fit Of Jealousy' Jailed

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK

Violent killer Elliot Turner was told he can "put away thoughts of champagne, Bentleys and girls" by the judge as she sentenced him to 16 years behind...

Drug 'Mules' Could Avoid Jail Under Sentencing Shake-Up

PA | Posted 24.03.2012 | UK

Street dealers caught with heroin, cocaine or thousands of pounds worth of cannabis could avoid jail under new guidelines for judges which come into f...

Parliament Rips Government's Justice Reform Mandate to Shreds

Peter Watson | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK Politics
Peter Watson

As we approach potentially the largest general strike in decades on 30 November, those who support unionised workers will face off against a government so myopic in pursuit of deficit reduction that it has lost sight of its obligations.

Clarke Takes A Swipe At May And Blames Riots On 'Irresponsible', 'Feckless' People

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK Politics

Ken Clarke has risked reigniting the row with his cabinet colleague Theresa May, saying "off the cuff" comments about sentencing are inappropriate, an...

Facebook Pair Jailed For Inciting Riots Challenge 'Excessive' Sentences

PA | Posted 27.11.2011 | UK

Two men jailed for four years for setting up Facebook pages inciting others to riot have challenged their "manifestly excessive" custodial terms. ...

Apples, Oranges, Riots and Godwin's Law

Amanda Bancroft | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK Politics
Amanda Bancroft

Have you heard of Godwin's Law? Basically, it is the observation that: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involvin...

The E-petition Website: Where are the Crime Victims?

Javed Khan | Posted 08.10.2011 | UK Politics
Javed Khan

I wasn't surprised when I took a look at the government's new e-petition website to see the number of petitions to do with the justice system, crime and punishment. From the death penalty, to who decides sentences, the breadth and volume of petitions shows just what an emotive subject our criminal justice system can be.

Maximum Curfew Increased To 16 Hours A Day

Posted 08.10.2011 | UK Politics

A new Government proposal to keep offenders under curfew at home for up to 16 hours a day has been slammed as 'completely flawed' by the National Asso...

Guido's Capital Punishment Petition: An Opportunity

Dr Lynette Nusbacher | Posted 06.10.2011 | UK Politics
Dr Lynette Nusbacher

The rope tempts us to think of simple solutions to complicated questions of crime and punishment. Let it also bring us to a discussion of better ways to reform, punish and protect.