Criminal Justice System
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A travesty of justice
Before I am anything else, I am a mother. My daughter is my pride and joy. She is beautiful inside and out, a huge animal lover, a comedian, only child who is spoilt rotten but would give her favourite toy or teddy to anyone who is less fortunate than she is.
The national shame of a prison system now so far from the standards of a civilised country should prompt the Justice Secretary for England and Wales to reassess that craven assumption on public attitudes towards sentencing. One of his predecessors, Mr Gove, made much of a visit to Texas to see de-carceration in action - a short flight to Edinburgh might be both cheaper and more instructive.
I've tried to be strong and confident but sometimes as a woman, it really hurts when you are trying to move forward and there are so many barriers to overcome to achieve basic human rights such as a safe place to live in which to rebuild your life. Even months later the struggle continues and I'm still in temporary accommodation and battling ill-health. It's no wonder women with no-one to turn to go back.
In my 38 years working on the front line against domestic violence I have seen time and again how the justice system can
We need to decide what prison is for. Is the emphasis on locking away those who have committed crimes, so we don't have to think about them, or is it engaging with the issues that put them there and offering skills and support to prevent them returning?
The number of inmates with a drug problem at the prison has increased by 10%.
It is easier to get hold of drugs than clothes or bedding at one “substandard” prison, a watchdog has found. An unannounced
I have recently completed two weeks of jury service at a Crown Court in Kent. Two months previously, as I was looking through my boring post, which mainly consisted of a bank statement and unwanted takeaway menus, I saw an ominous envelope with 'Crown Court' visible through the little paper window.
Michael Gove is set to float the idea of introducing a link between a prisoner's commitment to education and their release
Investment in communities is essential for any government. Nacro and other organisations like us change lives and transform communities. Our work is difficult and complex. It is rooted in working with individuals and communities to move people forward and help people to see and reach their potential.
Today, our legal system is one step closer to being able to hold domestic violence perpetrators accountable for their crimes. It is one step closer to being able to accurately depict the true nature of domestic violence within the courtroom and further protect victims of domestic violence and their children.
Lawyers, ever careful with their language, are definitely not calling this a strike. But criminal courts across England and
Handing over the keys to some of our most precious public services isn't something that should be done lightly, particularly when public trust is at stake. As a head of a country wide charity that deals with more than a million people each year, I'm acutely aware of the fragility of trust when delivering public services.
No-one can prepare for the heartache and confusion when a loved one disappears without a trace. For those fortunate enough, the missing person returns and their lives can start to be rebuilt. But for some, life will never be the same again. A future of uncertainty.
We all know crime doesn't pay, but we increasingly expect it to pay back. Of course the true cost of crime isn't financial: it's the pain and misery caused to innocent victims and communities. Yet at the moment criminals contribute less than one pound in every six to supporting victims. This balance is utterly wrong and it needs to change now.
Too often victims feel intimidated and forgotten, treated as an afterthought by a 'system' that makes their already horrific experience worse. As Victims' Minister my role is to champion the needs of victims and ensure that their voices are heard. One of the ways I am tackling this is by revising the Victims' Code.
Serious and repeat criminals should not expect to escape with a caution and the public and victims have a right to expect such people who have committed a crime to be brought before a court.
There are so many lessons in this sorry tale. But the one that stands out is that crime committed by children can never be seen in isolation and the most powerful remedies are all outside the criminal justice system.