Archive for the 'violent offenders' Category

Hostel offenders risk to public – The Independent

“More than four out of five offenders in probation hostels pose a high or very high risk to the public, figures showed today.”

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The Independent, 6th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Authorities to be probed over Naomi Bryant death – BBC News

“A coroner has told a jury to decide if authorities’ actions contributed to a woman’s death at the hands of a sex offender on licence from prison.”

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BBC News, 31st January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Violent offenders escaping with cautions, warn magistrates – Daily Telegraph

“Almost 40,000 violent offenders a year are being handed soft punishments because they are not taken to court, one of the country’s leading magistrates has warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Judge ‘was told murderer Jonathan Vass was violent’ – BBC News

“A judge who granted bail to a man who went on to murder his ex-girlfriend was told he was violent, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.”

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BBC News, 9th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Attorney General welcomes ‘one punch’ legal changes and sentence increases – Attorney General’s Office

“Sentences for manslaughter deaths will be dealt with differently in future, the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland QC, said today, following a landmark judgement at the Court of Appeal in London which will give new guidance in cases of manslaughter where death was a result of unlawful violence.”

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 18th December 2009

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Jack Straw orders review of police cautions for violent offences – The Guardian

“A review of the police use of cautions to deal with violent offenders was ordered today by the justice secretary,  Jack Straw, after concerns voiced by magistrates, the director of public prosecutions and senior police officers.”

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The Guardian, 10th November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Curbs on freed violent offenders – BBC News

“Asbo-style Violent Offender Orders (VOOs) that can restrict criminals’ movements after they are released from prison are coming into force.”

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BBC News, 4th August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Record numbers of ex-soldiers in UK jails as combat trauma blamed – The Guardian

“The number of soldiers who end up in prison for violent offences has increased dramatically in the past four years, according to a report that has raised concerns about the mental health of military personnel returning from war zones. Compiled by probation officers, the report estimates that at least 8,500 former soldiers are in custody – 9 per cent of the UK prison population and nearly double the estimate of a previous study by the Home Office in 2004, which put the figure at 5 per cent.”

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The Guardian, 31st August 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Families call for tough sentences – BBC News

“Bereaved families have marched in London to demand tougher sentencing for the perpetrators of violent crime.”

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BBC News, 12th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Too-tough judges out of touch, says Straw – The Guardian

“The high use of prison by some judges and magistrates often bears little connection with local violent crime rates and may even be out of step with local public opinion, the justice secretary, Jack Straw, suggested yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 27th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Violent criminal who cannot be deported – Daily Telegraph

“A foreign criminal who attacked and robbed a pensioner cannot be deported because he is not considered dangerous enough, the Court of Appeal has ruled.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th March 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

16,000 prisoners freed early, ministry reveals – The Guardian

“More than 16,000 prisoners have been freed early – including 3,000 guilty of violent crimes – under a government scheme to cut jail overcrowding, the justice ministry revealed today.”

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The Guardian, 31st January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Out to cause harm – Law Society’s Gazette

“Two high-profile cases have focused public attention on a defendant’s right to bail.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th January 2008

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Four out of five violent crime suspects bailed – Daily Telegraph

“Almost 75,000 violent crime suspects, including 10,000 sex offenders, were freed on bail last year.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Violence interventions systematic review – Ministry of Justice

“A systematic review of the national and international evidence on the effectiveness of interventions with violent offenders. The review was commissioned to provide a comprehensive overview of the available evidence and was not designed to evaluate National Offender Management Service or HM Prison Service programmes.”

A systematic review of the national and international evidence on the effectiveness of interventions with violent offenders (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 7th December 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Increase in serious crime by offenders on parole – The Guardian

“Public confidence in the supervision of high-risk offenders released from prison suffered a fresh blow yesterday with the disclosure that 83 have been charged with a further serious offence, such as murder or rape, in the last year.”

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Rise in crimes by ‘supervised offenders’ – The Independent

“More than 80 serious offences, including murder and rape, were committed last year by violent offenders supposedly under strict community supervision.”

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The Independent, 23rd October 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Planned control orders raise judges’ fears for civil liberties – The Guardian

“Senior judges have warned ministers they risk a re-run of their clash with the courts over control orders by introducing new proposals that will place ‘massive restrictions’ on certain convicted violent offenders after they have left prison.”

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The Guardian, 28th August 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Risk checks ditched to ease jail crowding – Daily Telegraph

“Tens of thousands of prisoners will be released without any checks on whether they pose a threat to the public.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th June 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New law will see 3,000 more being sent to jail – Sunday Times

“Thousands more criminals will be sent to prison as a result of laws expected to be announced this week, Whitehall officials have privately admitted.”

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Sunday Times, 24th June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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