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Criminal Justice

Recovering the assets of crime

Over £201 million of cash and assets were recovered from serious criminals last year. But how does Asset Recovery work and where does the recovered money go?

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Criminal Justice

Victims’ services have a long way to go

Very patchy provision The first report on the quality of services provided to victims by all agencies within the criminal justice system was published last week (9 December 2015) as a Criminal Justice Joint Inspection entitled: Meeting the needs of victims in the criminal justice system – A consolidated report by the criminal justice inspectorates The reported undertaken by the four criminal justice inspectorates (of Constabulary, Prisons, Probation and the CPS) is based on a range of

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Criminal Justice

A victim’s guide to restorative justice

A victim’s guide to restorative justice is a new film for victims of crime explaining the different points in the criminal justice system where they can access restorative justice. It also tells them who they can contact if they want to make use of this approach.

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On Probation

If Ellie Cumbo were justice secretary

There are a hundred things I’d like to do as my third priority, like reverse the cuts to prison budgets or fully implement the Corston review. But unless I also happened to have time-shifting superpowers, the likelihood is that I couldn’t afford any of them. But there is one more thing that’s fairly inexpensive, cannot be cast as either soft or illiberal and would finally bring a much-n

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Policing

Victims’ Taskforce report

The focus for a Victims’ Law should be on access to justice – increasing victims’ confidence in coming forward and supporting them when they do, rather than on giving victims more say on the length of their perpetrator’s sentence.

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On Probation

MoJ vows to do more for victims

Perhaps the most concrete of the commitments in this document is the plan to consult on a new compensation system which would mean that victims received compensation on conviction, rather than having to wait for months and years “as and when the offender is able to pay.”

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Digital Engagement

Transforming the Criminal Justice System

The digital justice system is slowly becoming a reality. Police now transfer more than 90% of case files electronically to the CPS and there are digital Court pilots in Birmingham and Bromley. The next priority is to digitise evidence with police officers’ notebooks being overtaken by tablets and body worn video cameras which should not only streamline but also improve the quality of evidence.

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On Probation

Race and the Criminal Justice System

Black people aged 10 years and older were six times more likely than White people to be stopped and searched. Asian or Mixed race people were twice as likely to be stopped and searched compared to White people. The same inequalities can be seen in the arrest statistics where Black people are three times more likely and Mixed race people twice as likely as White or Asian people to be arrested.

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On Probation

New Probation: Statutory Responsibilities under Transforming Rehabilitation

he MoJ will write into the new contracts for CRCs exactly which statutory bodies they will be expected to work with and what duties they will be required to perform. The paper doesn’t cover non-statutory partnerships such as Integrated Offender Management although the TR strategy makes it clear that CRCs will be expected to maintain, and indeed take the lead, on IOM.

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